• WordNet 3.6
    • v crawfish make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him","He backed out of his earlier promise","The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"
    • n crawfish large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters
    • n crawfish small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
    • n crawfish tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You should not eat a crawfish with a straight tail. It was dead before it was cooked.
    • Crawfish a large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters.
    • n Crawfish (Zoöl) Any decapod crustacean of the family Astacidægenera Cambarus and Cambarus), 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.
    • Crawfish tiny lobsterlike crustaceans usually boiled briefly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crawfish The common name of the small fluviatile long-tailed decapod crustaceans of the genera Astacus and Cambarus; especially, in Great Britain, the Astacus fluviatilis; and by extension, some or any similar fresh-water crustacean. See cuts under Astacidæ and Astacus.
    • n crawfish The name in the west of England and among the London fishmongers of the small spiny lobster, Palinurus vulgaris. Also called sea-crawfish.
    • crawfish To move backward or sidewise like a crawfish; hence, to recede from an opinion or a position; back out or back down.
    • n crawfish One who backs out from a position or undertaking, especially in politics.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Crawfish . See Crayfish.
    • n Crawfish kraw′fish a large fresh-water crustacean in the long-tailed division of the order Decapoda: the small spiny lobster.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Corrupted fr. OE. crevis, creves, OF. crevice, F. écrevisse, fr. OHG. krebiz, crab, G. krebs,. See Crab. The ending -fish, arose from confusion with E. fish,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. crevice—O. Fr. crevice (Fr. écrevisse, a crayfish)—Old High Ger. krebiz, a Crab.


In literature:

His pedler's pack was buried in the mud so deep that not even the probing crawfishes could find it.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
Crawfish Springs was a most beautiful spot, a typical scene for a landscape painter.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
Soon there came a crowd of crawfish, and amongst them a gigantic lobster as large as a year-old calf.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
An old seaman's term for the crawfish.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Something like a crawfish in shape, with tails turned up over their backs, with a sting like a wasp's in the end of the tail.
"A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A." by George Little
He had a Hebrew visage, his face was as white as a dead man's, and his eyes were sticking out like a crawfish's.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
I 'ain't got even ter say a crawfish bite on my lines to-day, much less'n some'h'n' fittin' fur a Christmas-gif'.
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
They are inhabited by fish and crawfish, sightless and perfectly white.
"The Mines and its Wonders" by W.H.G. Kingston
We dug wells in the sand, which we would fill with water to put our crawfish in.
"The Nursery, November 1877, Vol. XXII. No. 5" by Various
I secured also an eyeless crawfish about three inches in length.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
There were slices of fish burned almost black and piles of boiled crawfish.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Pick fifty crawfish, or a hundred prawns; pound the shells, and a small roll.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
They began to crawfish their way out.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
A crawfish or "land crab" will serve as a typical medium for describing the method of preparing specimens of this nature.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Let us say that the subject this morning is the crawfish.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Us eat plenty crawfish.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Don't crawfish, John Hardy.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
The next day he captured two small crawfish and ate them.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
She'll make 'im crawfish out o' sight when she ketches 'im.
"Stories of the Foot-hills" by Margaret Collier Graham
Salads, crawfish and trout, as well as cocoanut milk, red wine and wild coffee, are among the things they live on.
"The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines" by Isabel Anderson

In poetry:

Within its channel glares the creek and shrinks,
Beneath whose rocks the furtive crawfish hides
In stagnant places, where the green frog blinks,
And water-spider glides.
"Heat" by Madison Julius Cawein
I must tell you all about it! But I'll have to deviate
A little in beginnin', so's to set the matter straight
As to how it comes to happen that I never took a wife--
Kindo' "crawfish" from the Present to the Springtime of my life!
"Farmer Whipple--Bachelor" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Popeyes serves up crawfish LTOs.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen said it would again showcase crawfish on its menu in celebration of its second annual Crawfish Festival.
Amanda Brown/The Star-Ledger Crawfish and corn were on sale during the Nineteenth Annual Crawfish Fest at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, in this 2008 file photo.
This year's festival will feature crawfish , but oysters have been removed from the menu because of the BP oil spill, organizers said today.
Crawfish & Kona Lobster Boil.
The First Annual Crawfish & Kona Lobster Boil presented by the Rotary Club of Wailuku will feature some of Maui's greatest jazz musicians.
Its officially Crawfish season in south Louisiana.
For the Funnel of It Vietnamese Cajun crawfish with funnel cake for dessert.
Ellis Lucia / The Times-Picayune Love Crawfish Monica.
I f you refuse to wear vinyl to Crawfish King, at least leave your dry-clean-only clothes at home.
Pics by Dewaine Duncan of the 2009 Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest at Cajuns on Feb 24, 2009.
Khan, Khang, Kham and Joe -- want to be known for their crawfish tails.
Crawfish Mountain By Ken Wells Random House, 364 pp.
Crawfish and Dill Pizza.
Pizza with a roasted-garlic base, topped with crawfish tails, caramelized onons, three cheeses and fresh dill.