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What does crawdad mean?
Crustaceans are shellfish and include crabs, lobsters, and shrimp. Crawdad, crawdaddy, crawfish, and crayfish all refer to the same general type of animal, but there are several different species. Crawdad is mostly used in the Central Midwestern region of the United States, but its use extends to several states.
Example: Missouri is crawdad country—we call ’em “Midwestern lobsters.”
Where does crawdad come from?
The first records of the word crawdad come from the early 1900s. The first part of the word comes from crawfish, which is another term for crayfish. Crayfish aren’t fish—the word comes from an alteration of the Middle English crevice, from the Middle French crevice, from the Old High German crebiz, meaning “crab.” The -dad in crawdad may be the same ending found in the word doodad.
Crawdad and crawdaddy are Americanisms, meaning they’re primarily used in the United States. But use of the terms varies by region. Crawdad and crawdaddy are most often used in Midwestern states and along the West Coast. Crawfish is the prevalent term in much of the South, whereas crayfish is the preferred term in the Northeast. Crawdad can refer to any freshwater crustacean from the genus Astacus or the genus Cambarus. Crawdads are decapods, meaning they have 10 walking legs. They are mostly small, lobster-like creatures, like the spiny lobster, also called the rock lobster.
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How is crawdad used in real life?
Crawdad is a regional slang term, and people like to debate whether such creatures are properly called crayfish, crawfish, or crawdads.
people who refer to crayfish as crawdads show yourselves, y’all wild
— Vasely Sapunov (@vaselysapunov) April 1, 2019
What is a small freshwater lobster called? 🤔
— Kari Steele (@KariVanHorn) September 12, 2018
there was also the incident where Mr. Tanaka assigned Max to dispose of a bunch of dead crawdads during science class and the 6th grade math teacher walked into the women's bathroom to find Max trying to flush rotting crawdads down the toilet
— Rachel Alexander (@rachelwalexande) February 20, 2020
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Is crawdad used correctly in the following sentence?
When I was a kid, we used to catch crawdads in the creek.