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[krey-fish] /ˈkreɪˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) crayfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) crayfishes.
Also called crawdad, crawdaddy. any freshwater decapod crustacean of the genera Astacus and Cambarus, closely related to but smaller than the lobsters.
any of several similar marine crustaceans, especially the spiny lobster.
Also, crawfish.
Origin of crayfish
1350-1400; alteration (by folk etymology) of Middle English crevis < Middle French crevice < Old High German krebiz crab1 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any freshwater decapod crustacean of the genera Astacus and Cambarus, resembling a small lobster
any of various similar crustaceans, esp the spiny lobster
Word Origin
C14: cray, by folk etymology, from Old French crevice crab, from Old High German krebiz + fish
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Word Origin and History for crayfish

"small, freshwater lobster," early 14c., crevis, from Old French crevice "crayfish" (13c., Modern French écrevisse), probably from Frankish *krebitja or a similar Germanic word that is a diminutive form of the root of crab (n.1); e.g. Old High German krebiz "crab, shellfish," German Krebs. Modern spelling is 16c., under influence of fish (n.).

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