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spiny lobster

any of several edible crustaceans of the family Palinuridae, differing from the true lobsters in having a spiny shell and lacking the large pincers.
Also called crayfish, crawfish, sea crayfish, sea crawfish.
Origin of spiny lobster
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This is the California spiny lobster, rock-lobster, or salt-water crawfish.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • Palurinus vulgaris, the spiny lobster, has no true claws, but huge hairy antennæ.

    Verses for Children Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Eryon arctiformis, represented in Fig. 119, belongs to the class of Crustaceans, of which the spiny lobster is the type.

British Dictionary definitions for spiny lobster

spiny lobster

any of various large edible marine decapod crustaceans of the genus Palinurus and related genera, having a very tough spiny carapace Also called rock lobster, crawfish, langouste
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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