from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various freshwater crustaceans of the genera Cambarus and Astacus, resembling a lobster but considerably smaller. Also called mudbug; also called regionally crawdad.
  • n. See spiny lobster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See crawfish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See crawfish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
  • n. tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly
  • n. warm-water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California
  • n. large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters


By folk etymology from Middle English crevise, from Old French crevice, perhaps from Old High German krebiz, edible crustacean.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration (by folk-etymology, influenced by fish) of Middle English crevis, from Old French crevice ("crayfish"; > Modern French: écrevisse), from Old Frankish *krebitja (“crayfish”), diminutive of Old Frankish *krebit (“crab”), from Proto-Germanic *krabitaz (“crab, cancer”), from Proto-Indo-European *grebʰ-, *gerebʰ- (“to scratch, crawl”). Akin to Old High German krebiz ("edible crustacean, crab"; > Modern German Krebs ("crab")), Middle Low German krēvet ("crab"), Dutch kreeft ("crayfish, lobster"), Old English crabba ("crab"). More at crab. (Wiktionary)



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