noun, plural (especially collectively) cray·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cray·fish·es.
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Origin of crayfish
Words nearby crayfish
What does crayfish mean?
A crayfish is a freshwater crustacean related to the lobster but smaller.
The plural of crayfish can be crayfish or crayfishes. When used as a plural, crayfish typically refers to them collectively, while crayfishes usually refers to two or more kinds or species (but this isn’t always the case).
Crayfish aren’t fish—they’re shellfish. Other types of crustaceans include crabs, lobsters, and shrimp. There are several different species of both freshwater and saltwater crayfish. Freshwater ones are also referred to by the names crawfish, crawdad, and crawdaddy. Use of these terms varies by region.
Example: When I was a kid, we used to catch crayfish in the creek.
Where does crayfish come from?
The first records of the word crayfish come from the 1300s. It comes from an alteration of the Middle English crevice, from the Middle French crevice, from the Old High German crebiz, meaning “crab.”
Crayfish are mostly small, lobster-like creatures. They’re decapods, meaning they have 10 walking legs.
The terms 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.
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How is crayfish used in real life?
Crayfish is the most common term for such creatures, but people in different regions like to debate whether they’re properly called crayfish, crawfish, or crawdads.
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Image: Burrowing crayfish found on Hatteras Island after a recent rainstorm. pic.twitter.com/iEcj40UmDL
— Cape Hatteras National Seashore (@CapeHatterasNPS) May 27, 2020
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
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Is crayfish used correctly in the following sentence?
I think I just saw two crayfish scurry under that rock.
Example sentences from the Web for crayfish
Suddenly, seeing the pools and the crayfish seemed more important than chasing away spiders.
Page Six says they dined on mussel soup, crayfish and artichoke risotto at a tony Venetian restaurant.Venice Wedding Bells for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ferraro didn't know much about catfish, crayfish, or grapes, but she was, she said, quite familiar with blueberries.Geraldine Ferraro Dies: Memories of Her 1984 Campaign|Lynn Sherr|March 26, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Most folks call them crayfish, but in the bayou, they are crawfish.
As we were arranging our bivouac next night, l'Encuerado saw a crayfish, and set off with Lucien to try and catch some of them.Adventures of a Young Naturalist|Lucien Biart
I read in one of father's books the other day about the Indians out in Oregon catching trout with crayfish.The Ranche on the Oxhide|Henry Inman
So they continued until they had a goodly number of crayfish.The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol|Lewis E. Theiss
But there is an important morphological difference between the fish's gills and the gills of the crayfish.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition|Vernon L. Kellogg
Freshwater shrimps and crayfish should have a shallow tub or trough, a sandy bottom, and places in which they can hide.Three Hundred Things a Bright Boy Can Do|Anonymous