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Noun: crawfish  'kro,fish
Usage: N. Amer (elsewhere: crayfish)
  1. Tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly
    - crayfish, crawdad [N. Amer], ecrevisse
  2. Small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
    - crayfish, crawdad [N. Amer], crawdaddy [N. Amer]
  3. Large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters
    - spiny lobster, langouste, rock lobster, crayfish, sea crawfish [N. Amer]
Verb: crawfish  'kro,fish
Usage: N. Amer, informal
  1. Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
    "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him";
    - retreat, pull back, back out, back away, crawfish out [N. Amer, informal], pull in one's horns [informal], withdraw

Derived forms: crawfishes, crawfished, crawfishing

Type of: decapod, decapod crustacean, lobster, shellfish

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

Encyclopedia: Crawfish