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Definition of 'crayfish'


  1. warm-water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California
       Synonyms: spiny lobster langouste rock lobster
  2. tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly
       Synonyms: crawfish crawdad ecrevisse
  3. small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
       Synonyms: crawfish crawdad crawdaddy
  4. large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters
       Synonyms: spiny lobster langouste rock lobster crawfish sea crawfish

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