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noun, plural (especially collectively) craw·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) craw·fish·es.
  1. crayfish.
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verb (used without object), craw·fished, craw·fish·ing.
  1. Informal. to back out or retreat from a position or undertaking.
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Origin of crawfish

1615–25; earlier crafish, cravish, cravis, variant outcomes of Middle French crevice crayfish
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Related Words

clam, crustacean, mollusk, snail, scallop, conch, crawfish, prawn, shrimp, lobster, mussel, oyster, barnacle, whelk, piddock, crayfish, retreat, withdraw

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  • Little was eaten at dinner, for they had done too much honor to the crawfish at noon.


    Emile Zola

  • They are inhabited by fish and crawfish, sightless and perfectly white.

  • Our guide had brought a net, with which he caught some fish and crawfish.

    With Axe and Rifle

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The Riverlawns were encamped at the foot of a hill not far from Crawfish Springs.

    An Undivided Union

    Oliver Optic

  • There are eyeless fish and crawfish, and a prolific population of bats.

British Dictionary definitions for crawfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. a variant (esp US) of crayfish (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for crawfish


1620s, generally dismissed by British etymologists as a 19c. American English variant of crayfish, but perhaps it existed in Middle English. Also in 19c. American English as a verb, "to back out," in reference to the creature's movements.

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