Definition of Crayfish

1. Noun. Warm-water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California.

Exact synonyms: Langouste, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster
Group relationships: Crawfish, Langouste, Rock Lobster, Sea Crawfish, Spiny Lobster
Generic synonyms: Shellfish



2. Noun. Tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly.
Exact synonyms: Crawdad, Crawfish, Ecrevisse
Group relationships: Ecrevisse, Old World Crayfish, American Crayfish
Generic synonyms: Shellfish

3. Noun. Small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster.
Exact synonyms: Crawdad, Crawdaddy, Crawfish
Generic synonyms: Decapod, Decapod Crustacean
Group relationships: Astacidae, Astacura, Family Astacidae
Specialized synonyms: Ecrevisse, Old World Crayfish, American Crayfish

4. Noun. Large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters.
Exact synonyms: Crawfish, Langouste, Rock Lobster, Sea Crawfish, Spiny Lobster
Generic synonyms: Lobster
Group relationships: Genus Palinurus, Palinurus
Terms within: Langouste, Rock Lobster, Spiny Lobster

Definition of Crayfish

1. n. See Crawfish.

Definition of Crayfish

1. Noun. A freshwater crustacean (Cambaridae) resembling a small lobster, sometimes used as an inexpensive seafood or as fish bait. ¹

2. Noun. (AU NZ South Africa) A rock lobster. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Crayfish

1. a crustacean [n -ES] - See also: crustacean

Medical Definition of Crayfish

1. Various freshwater crustaceans resembling the lobster, but usually much smaller; common genera are astacus, cambarus, oronectes, and pacifastacus. It includes crayfish as food. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Crayfish

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1. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1908)
"It is not generally known that the sales of crayfish in the United States ... crayfish bearing egcs. While the supply of wild crayfish seems at present ..."

2. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents, Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"The most striking thing in the appearance of the crayfish is the great pair of ... But the tale of the crayfish's legs is by no means told; for between and ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria by Royal Society of Victoria (Melbourne, Vic.), Royal Society of Victoria (1894)
"Professor Huxley, in his well-known works on the crayfish,* referring more particularly to the European Astacus, observes, " I have not been able to ..."

4. A Text-book of Biology for Students in General, Medical and Technical Courses by William Martin Smallwood (1918)
"crayfish have been known to scientists ever since Aristotle wrote about the ... In the United States there are some 70 species of crayfish, the most of ..."

5. Harvard Psychological Studies by Harvard Psychological Laboratory (1906)
"REACTIONS OF THE crayfish BY J. CARLETON BELL THE crayfish has long been the typical Crustacean forrn anatomical and physiological investigations, ..."

6. An Elementary Course in Practical Zoölogy by Buel Preston Colton (1898)
"THE crayfish. Get a number of live crayfishes. They are usually to be found hidden under stones in the shallow water of creeks. Put into alcohol at least ..."

7. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1880)
"HUXLEY ON THE crayfish.*—Whether it is because we ... This book, which is a monograph of the crayfish from 1 ..."

8. An Introduction to Zoology by Robert William Hegner (1910)
"The lobster is so nearly like the crayfish in structure that the anatomical portion of this ... In Europe the most common crayfish is Astacus fluviatilis, ..."

9. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1908)
"It is not generally known that the sales of crayfish in the United States ... crayfish bearing egcs. While the supply of wild crayfish seems at present ..."

10. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents, Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"The most striking thing in the appearance of the crayfish is the great pair of ... But the tale of the crayfish's legs is by no means told; for between and ..."

11. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria by Royal Society of Victoria (Melbourne, Vic.), Royal Society of Victoria (1894)
"Professor Huxley, in his well-known works on the crayfish,* referring more particularly to the European Astacus, observes, " I have not been able to ..."

12. A Text-book of Biology for Students in General, Medical and Technical Courses by William Martin Smallwood (1918)
"crayfish have been known to scientists ever since Aristotle wrote about the ... In the United States there are some 70 species of crayfish, the most of ..."

13. Harvard Psychological Studies by Harvard Psychological Laboratory (1906)
"REACTIONS OF THE crayfish BY J. CARLETON BELL THE crayfish has long been the typical Crustacean forrn anatomical and physiological investigations, ..."

14. An Elementary Course in Practical Zoölogy by Buel Preston Colton (1898)
"THE crayfish. Get a number of live crayfishes. They are usually to be found hidden under stones in the shallow water of creeks. Put into alcohol at least ..."

15. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1880)
"HUXLEY ON THE crayfish.*—Whether it is because we ... This book, which is a monograph of the crayfish from 1 ..."

16. An Introduction to Zoology by Robert William Hegner (1910)
"The lobster is so nearly like the crayfish in structure that the anatomical portion of this ... In Europe the most common crayfish is Astacus fluviatilis, ..."

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