craw·​fish | \ ˈkrȯ-ˌfish How to pronounce crawfish (audio) \

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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Indeed, this is the best place in town for satisfying your crawfish craving in a no-frills environment. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 The German news agency suggests this method of cooking crawfish: clean them in salt water, then put them live into a large pot of boiling water already seasoned with salt, cayenne pepper, lemon, garlic, onion and bay leaves. Melinda Morris,, "Germany responds to 'crayfish plague': Just eat them already, news station reports," 8 May 2018 At the outset, the crawfish - smothered in the fiery goo - smell like a dream. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Feeling the burn at Casian Crawfish," 21 Mar. 2018 Its honeynut squash soup involves pears, pepitas, and Jonah crab; and the turkey has an intriguing crawfish stuffing. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 Set aside some bread to drag through sauces and juices, after crawfish nestled in creamy grits ($15) are gone, say. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food plus fire is perfect mix at Birch + Butcher," 20 Mar. 2018 On Saturday, Cajun-cuisine lovers gathered at one of Houston's oldest sports bars for a charitable crawfish boil and attendees partied 'till the lights literally went out. Heather Leighton, Houston Chronicle, "Houston bar Griff's partied till the lights went out with charitable crawfish boil," 28 Jan. 2018 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

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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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