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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Jamie Hough From: Poly's Island, South Carolina Occupation: Fisherman Top 20 Dish: Red snapper with a crawfish cream sauce Jamie's seafood knowledge came in handy during the premiere episode. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Which 'MasterChef' Season 10 Contestants Made 2019's Top 20 Finalist List," 30 May 2019 Check out the size of their crawfish in their Facebook post above. Melinda Morris,, "5 best places for boiled crawfish on the West Bank: Readers' Choice 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 The Cat-touffee entree ($13) allowed us to try two of the restaurant’s signature items: fried catfish and crawfish étouffée. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Tasting samples, 'lagniappe' add to appeal of The Lost Cajun in Mansfield | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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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