spiny lobster
noun Date: 1819 any of several edible crustaceans (family Palinuridae, especially genus Panulirus) distinguished from true lobsters by the simple unenlarged first pair of legs and claws and the spiny carapace

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  • Spiny lobster — Spiny Spin y, a. [From {Spine}.] 1. Full of spines; thorny; as, a spiny tree. [1913 Webster] 2. Like a spine in shape; slender. Spiny grasshoppers sit chirping. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: Abounding with difficulties or annoyances. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spiny lobster — n. any of a family (Palinuridae) of lobsters lacking large pincers and having a spiny shell …   English World dictionary

  • Spiny lobster — Rock lobster redirects here. For the B 52 s song, see Rock Lobster. For other uses, see Rock Lobster (disambiguation). Spiny lobsters Temporal range: 110–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • spiny lobster — Rock Rock, n. [OF. roke, F. roche; cf. Armor. roc h, and AS. rocc.] 1. A large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed stone or crag. See {Stone}. [1913 Webster] Come one, come all! this rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I. Sir …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spiny lobster — noun 1. warm water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California • Syn: ↑langouste, ↑rock lobster, ↑crayfish • Hypernyms: ↑shellfish • Part Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • spiny lobster — noun a crustacean superficially resembling a true lobster, belonging to the Palinuridae family. Syn: rock lobster …   Wiktionary

  • spiny lobster — /ˌspaɪni ˈlɒbstə/ (say .spuynee lobstuh) noun → rock lobster …   Australian English dictionary

  • spiny lobster — any of several edible crustaceans of the family Palinuridae, differing from the true lobsters in having a spiny shell and lacking the large pincers. Also called crayfish, crawfish, sea crayfish, sea crawfish. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • spiny lobster — noun a large edible crustacean with a spiny shell and long, heavy antennae, but without large claws. [Family Palinuridae: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • spiny lobster — spin′y lob′ster n. ivt any of several edible crustaceans of the family Palinuridae, differing from true lobsters in having a spiny shell and lacking large pincers • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

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