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

  • n. See spiny lobster.

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  • n. The spiny lobster

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

  • n. large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters
  • n. warm-water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California


French, from Old French, from Old Provençal langosta, from Vulgar Latin *lacusta, from Latin locusta, lobster, locust.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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