spiny lobster


: 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

Examples of spiny lobster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These days, Bets hangs out in front of the Rain Barrel Artisan Village where tourists flock to take photos with the gigantic spiny lobster. Priscilla Blossom, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Previous stamp stars include the black bear, tule elk, sturgeon, spiny lobster and bald eagle. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 Above left: Tostada with sea urchin, local spiny lobster, and golden Kaluga caviar. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2023 Dishes will be lighter and more forward-looking than those previously served, Michael told the San Francisco Chronicle, and might include spiny lobsters, squab grown for Quince in Sonoma, and porcini mushrooms that the staff has been preserving. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 28 Nov. 2023 When the waters south of Miami turned Jacuzzi hot this summer, topping out at 101.1 degrees Fahrenheit in Manatee Bay, scientists agonized over the impact on parrotfish, grunts, spiny lobsters and coral reefs. David Ewing Duncan, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2023 Tampa mayor Jane Castor was just hoping to catch some spiny lobster in the Florida Keys on her vacation last month. Chris Morris, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2023 Ingredients like abalone, spiny lobster, sea urchin, Yaeyama Kyori beef, and Hokkaido hairy crab are flown in twice a week from Japan. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 7 June 2023 Dinner commences with a lavish sucker punch in the form of a nori tostada, topped with spiny lobster, uni and Kaluga caviar. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spiny lobster was in 1819

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“Spiny lobster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiny%20lobster. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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spiny lobster

: any of several edible crustaceans that differ from the related true lobsters in having a simple unenlarged first pair of legs and a spiny carapace

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