Definition of crawfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɔːfɪʃ/

noun (plural same or crawfishes)

1 another term for spiny lobster.
Example sentences
  • Edible crabs, crawfish and lobsters must not be taken.
  • The new display will also include tropical hermit crabs, crawfish, horseshoe crabs, and other species.
  • Fish regularly shoal in the area; and within the rocky ledges enormous crabs, lobsters and the occasional crawfish take advantage of the fact that they are rarely visited or fished for.
1.1chiefly North American A freshwater crayfish.
Example sentences
  • In flood years they open the gates and fresh water flushes through the Basin and the crawfish and the fishermen flourish.
  • There isn't much else to see at this depth apart from freshwater crawfish scuttling for cover along the silty bottom.
  • Small freshwater crawfish potter about and are easily approachable.


[no object] US informal
Retreat from a position: three networks, intimidated by the public outcry, had begun to crawfish
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  • ‘For 11 long years, he has sidestepped, crawfished, wheedled out of any agreements he had made not to develop weapons of mass destruction,’ he said.
  • If there were a shred of sense in this analogy, hunting would have been banned five years ago, whereas in fact he has ‘crawfished’ about like anything trying to avoid it.


Early 17th century: variant of crayfish.

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