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Noun: crayfish (crayfish,crayfishes)  'krey,fish
  1. Warm-water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California
    - spiny lobster, langouste, rock lobster
     
  2. Tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly
    - crawfish [N. Amer], crawdad [N. Amer], ecrevisse
     
  3. Small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
    - crawfish [N. Amer], crawdad [N. Amer], crawdaddy [N. Amer]
     
  4. Large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters
    - spiny lobster, langouste, rock lobster, crawfish [N. Amer], sea crawfish [N. Amer]
Verb: crayfish  'krey,fish
Usage: US
  1. Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
    - retreat, pull back, back out, back away, crawfish [N. Amer], crawfish out [N. Amer], pull in one's horns, withdraw

Derived forms: crayfishing, crayfish, crayfished, crayfishes

Type of: decapod, decapod crustacean, lobster, shellfish

Part of: American crayfish, Astacidae, Astacura, ecrevisse, family Astacidae, genus Palinurus, Old World crayfish, Palinurus

Encyclopedia: Crayfish