crawfish

[ kraw-fish ]
/ ˈkrɔˌfɪʃ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) craw·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) craw·fish·es.

verb (used without object), craw·fished, craw·fish·ing.

Informal. to back out or retreat from a position or undertaking.

Origin of crawfish

1615–25; earlier crafish, cravish, cravis, variant outcomes of Middle French crevice crayfish
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British Dictionary definitions for crawfish

crawfish

/ (ˈkrɔːˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

a variant (esp US) of crayfish (def. 2)
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