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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crawfish  \Craw"fish`\  (kr[add]"f[i^]sh`),  Crayfish  \Cray"fish`\ 
  (kr[=a]"f[i^]sh`),  n.;  pl  {-fishes}  or  {-fish}.  [Corrupted 
  fr  OE  crevis,  creves,  OF  crevice,  F.  ['e]crevisse,  fr 
  OHG.  krebiz  crab,  G.  krebs.  See  {Crab}.  The  ending  -fish 
  arose  from  confusion  with  E.  fish.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  crustacean  of  the  family  {Astacid[ae]},  resembling  the 
  lobster,  but  smaller,  and  found  in  fresh  waters.  Crawfishes 
  are  esteemed  very  delicate  food  both  in  Europe  and  America. 
  The  North  American  species  are  numerous  and  mostly  belong  to 
  the  genus  {Cambarus}.  The  blind  crawfish  of  the  Mammoth  Cave 
  is  {Cambarus  pellucidus}.  The  common  European  species  is 
  {Astacus  fluviatilis}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  crawfish 
  n  1:  tiny  lobster-like  crustaceans  usually  boiled  briefly  [syn:  {crayfish}, 
  {crawdad},  {ecrevisse}] 
  2:  small  freshwater  decapod  crustacean  that  resembles  a  lobster 
  [syn:  {crayfish},  {crawdad},  {crawdaddy}] 
  3:  large  edible  marine  crustacean  having  a  spiny  carapace  but 
  lacking  the  large  pincers  of  true  lobsters  [syn:  {spiny 
  lobster},  {langouste},  {rock  lobster},  {crayfish},  {sea 
  crawfish}] 
  v  :  make  a  retreat;  "We'll  have  to  crawfish  out  from  meeting 
  with  him";  "He  backed  out  of  his  earlier  promise"  [syn:  {retreat}, 
  {back  out},  {back  away},  {crawfish  out},  {withdraw}] 




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