from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shrimp or prawn; especially, any member of the Palinuridæ, as Palinurus vulgaris, or in California P. interruptus. See cut under Palinurus.


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  • 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.

    The History of Animals

  • 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.

    The Gentleman from San Francisco


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