Cambarus pellucidus
Crawfish Craw"fish` (kr[add]"f[i^]sh`), Crayfish Cray"fish` (kr[=a]"f[i^]sh`), n.; pl. {-fishes} or {-fish}. [Corrupted fr. OE. crevis, creves, OF. crevice, F. ['e]crevisse, fr. OHG. krebiz crab, G. krebs. See {Crab}. The ending -fish arose from confusion with E. fish.] (Zo["o]l.) Any decapod crustacean of the family {Astacid[ae]} (genera {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}.

Syn: crawdad, crawdaddy. [1913 Webster]

2. tiny lobsterlike crustaceans usually boiled briefly.

Syn: crawdad, ecrevisse. [WordNet 1.5]

3. a large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters.

Syn: spiny lobster, langouste, rock lobster, crayfish, sea crawfish. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Astacus fluviatilis — Crawfish Craw fish (kr[add] f[i^]sh ), Crayfish Cray fish (kr[=a] f[i^]sh ), n.; pl. { fishes} or { fish}. [Corrupted fr. OE. crevis, creves, OF. crevice, F. [ e]crevisse, fr. OHG. krebiz crab, G. krebs. See {Crab}. The ending fish arose from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crawfish — Craw fish (kr[add] f[i^]sh ), Crayfish Cray fish (kr[=a] f[i^]sh ), n.; pl. { fishes} or { fish}. [Corrupted fr. OE. crevis, creves, OF. crevice, F. [ e]crevisse, fr. OHG. krebiz crab, G. krebs. See {Crab}. The ending fish arose from confusion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crayfish — Crawfish Craw fish (kr[add] f[i^]sh ), Crayfish Cray fish (kr[=a] f[i^]sh ), n.; pl. { fishes} or { fish}. [Corrupted fr. OE. crevis, creves, OF. crevice, F. [ e]crevisse, fr. OHG. krebiz crab, G. krebs. See {Crab}. The ending fish arose from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -fish — Crawfish Craw fish (kr[add] f[i^]sh ), Crayfish Cray fish (kr[=a] f[i^]sh ), n.; pl. { fishes} or { fish}. [Corrupted fr. OE. crevis, creves, OF. crevice, F. [ e]crevisse, fr. OHG. krebiz crab, G. krebs. See {Crab}. The ending fish arose from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -fishes — Crawfish Craw fish (kr[add] f[i^]sh ), Crayfish Cray fish (kr[=a] f[i^]sh ), n.; pl. { fishes} or { fish}. [Corrupted fr. OE. crevis, creves, OF. crevice, F. [ e]crevisse, fr. OHG. krebiz crab, G. krebs. See {Crab}. The ending fish arose from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Десятиногие раки — (Decapoda, см. табл.), отряд ракообразных из группы щитогрудых, или стебельчатоглазых (Thoracostraca s. Podophthalmata), составляют весьма обширную (около 2000 видов) группу ракообразных, к которой принадлежат самые крупные и наиболее важные для… …   Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона

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