spiny lobster


Definition of 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 One of the key species making a comeback after decades of overharvesting: the California spiny lobster. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Over the weekend, spiny lobster fishermen in Southern California began setting traps for the start of their season. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Allow for at least three hours to enjoy everything from smoked angelfish to barbecued mackerel and even kreef, South Africa's spiny lobster. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, 5 Aug. 2021 In the Keys, the bag limit for spiny lobster is six per person, per boat, the Herald reported. orlandosentinel.com, 28 July 2021 Eelgrass meadows are already known to prevent erosion and create a habitat for seabirds, as well as fish like salmon and halibut, and a rookery for Dungeness crab and spiny lobster, which face the same problem developing shells in acidic water. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar. 2021 Assembly Member Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, introduced the legislation, AB534, that would require sport and commercial crabbers — as well as fishers who use traps for spot prawns, sablefish and spiny lobster — to employ the method. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Mar. 2021 Being surrounded by fishing grounds, the Keys are a superb place to eat fresh seafood — classic catch includes yellowtail, grouper, mutton, snapper, mahi-mahi, spiny lobster, and stone crab. Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 There’s no resisting Betsy, the 40-foot-long spiny lobster beckoning to you from the side of the road. Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spiny lobster

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Spiny lobster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiny%20lobster. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of spiny lobster

: a sea animal that is related to and resembles the lobster

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