Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shrimp or prawn; especially, any member of the Palinuridæ, as Palinurus vulgaris, or in California P. interruptus. See cut under Palinurus.
“In the lagoon no scarus is found, nor thritta, nor any other species of the spiny fish, no spotted dogfish, no spiny dogfish, no sea-crawfish, no octopus either of the common or the musky kinds, and certain other fish are also absent; but of fish that are found in the lagoon the white gudgeon is not a marine fish.”
“He had brought and already sold -- for a song -- two big sea-crawfish, which he had caught at night and which were rustling in the apron of Don Cataldo, the cook of the hotel where the family from San Francisco had been lodged, -- and now Lorenzo could stand calmly until nightfall, wearing princely airs, showing off his rags, his clay pipe with its long reed mouth-piece, and his red woolen cap, tilted on one ear.”
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