craw·fish | \ˈkrȯ-ˌfish \

Definition of crawfish 

(Entry 1 of 2)


crawfished; crawfishing; crawfishes

Definition of crawfish (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to retreat from a position : back out I crawfished as fast as I could— Mark Twain

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Jigs with white or pear crawfish trailers make good packages for skipping under low hanging docks and brush, a highly effective bassing tactic during the shad spawn on Alabama lakes. Frank Sargeant,, "Skipping jigs for hard-to-reach bass," 2 May 2018 He was also involved in a case of shoplifting involving $32.72 worth of crawfish and crab legs. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston Suspended for Three Games," 28 June 2018 The new location also will have seasonal boils from shrimp to crawfish and a New Orleans-style retail area selling curios, collectibles and specialty food items. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Beignets, gumbo & more: City Market cafe adding Westport location," 25 June 2018 Called pelagic red crabs, the animals look like small lobsters or crawfish and measure one to three inches long. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Thousands of Tiny Red Crustaceans Strand on California Beach," 12 June 2018 The family friendly event will feature live music, crawfish, a pizza truck, snow cones, a live auction, a Jeep show and more. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands offers many things to do for Father’s Day," 13 June 2018 Grab a seat on the upper deck under the wisteria, and try the Low Country linguine with sautéed crawfish and mushrooms ($13) or seafood ravioli with dill sauce ($14). Colleen Creamer, New York Times, "36 Hours in Chattanooga," 24 May 2018 Media: Euronews The muddy trail theme coincides with crawfish, Lichenstein-Meaux said. Jeff S. Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Muddy Trails run may disrupt traffic in Creekside," 5 Apr. 2018 The Burketts' 15-year-old son Keenan and 12-year-old daughter Josilyn take their brother Mastin to look for crawfish in the creek behind their new home. Jennifer Griffin, Fox News, "Marine vet gets smart home (and independence) from Gary Sinise Foundation," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of crawfish


1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crawfish


by folk etymology from Middle English crevis, kraveys

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craw·fish | \ˈkrȯ-ˌfish \
plural crawfish

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