spiny lobster

noun

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 This holiday season, Bay Area cooks can turn to a new kind of fishmonger for access to some of California’s best seafood, including abalone, spiny lobster and live sea urchin. Georgia Freedman, SFChronicle.com, "Some of California’s hardest-to-find seafood is arriving in the Bay Area. Here’s how to get it," 13 Dec. 2020 Boxfish nibbled on basket sponges, a spiny lobster came out of its hole, antennas waving to detect intruders. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach diving: Underwater surprises await | Opinion," 31 Dec. 2020 What makes Sea Stephanie Fish unique is its focus on seafood from the Central Coast and the access to hard-to-find specialty ingredients like Santa Barbara spiny lobster, rock crab, farmed abalone, red and purple urchin, whelks and keyhole limpets. Georgia Freedman, SFChronicle.com, "Some of California’s hardest-to-find seafood is arriving in the Bay Area. Here’s how to get it," 13 Dec. 2020 Sustainable aquaculture items unique to the region include Florida Royal Red shrimp (from about $40 for a pound) and spiny lobster tails (from about $50 for two 8-ounce tails). Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Online Seafood Buying Guide: Where the Chefs Shop," 10 Dec. 2020 The spiny lobster is part of a large worldwide family of crustaceans that resemble true lobsters, but without their menacing claws. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 It’s California spiny lobster season, from October through mid-March. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lobster season debuts amid changing seafood industry," 28 Oct. 2020 California’s spiny lobster fishing is good, and the bugs are big. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 The Caribbean spiny lobster [a social lobster that normally lives in groups] has evolved to detect a chemical cue in the urine of sick lobsters and avoid areas that these sick lobsters occupy. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "From lobsters to honey bees, social distancing is common in the animal kingdom," 14 Aug. 2020

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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 6 Mar. 2021.

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spiny lobster

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Kids Definition of spiny lobster

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

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