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.
How to use crayfish in a sentence
In the evenings, you can camp on islands in Edenic Lake Bunyonyi, eating crayfish tails and fire-baked manioc, while crested cranes roost in the nearby trees, honking at the sunset.In East Africa, mountain gorillas and a new paradigm for wildlife travel|Henry Wismayer|April 23, 2021|Washington Post
In fact, there are lots of problematic invasive species that have spread through the pet trade, from predatory fish that can drag themselves between bodies of water to a crayfish that clones itself to reproduce.Unfortunately, we like pets that are likely to be invasive species|John Timmer|March 26, 2021|Ars Technica
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
For her inaugural menu, she planned crayfish with mayonnaise, pigeon with peas, and an apple brioche flambéed in rum.
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.
He had to gather fragments of wreck and other things to aid him in his labour, and to search for crabs and crayfish for his food.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
The waters of the inlet were exceedingly well stocked with fish; and here I saw large crayfish for the first time.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont|Louis de Rougemont
Fill the centre with Allemagne sauce, to which has been added some lobster and crayfish butter to make it red.Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode|Harriet A. de Salis
The Queen listened without interrupting, for hearing a big Crayfish talk—and talk so nicely too—was a great surprise to her.Edmund Dulacs Fairy-Book|Edmund Dulac
They have also small hoop nets, in which they catch lobsters, and sea crayfish.The Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay|Arthur Phillip