noun, plural (especially collectively) cray·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cray·fish·es.
Origin of crayfish
Related Words for crayfishclam, crustacean, mollusk, snail, scallop, conch, crawfish, prawn, shrimp, lobster, mussel, oyster, barnacle, whelk, piddock
Examples from the Web for crayfish
Contemporary Examples of crayfish
Suddenly, seeing the pools and the crayfish seemed more important than chasing away spiders.Uncovering the Secrets of St. Kitts
Debra A. Klein
June 21, 2014
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
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
March 26, 2011
Most folks call them crayfish, but in the bayou, they are crawfish.Secrets of Creole and Cajun Food
February 17, 2010
Historical Examples of crayfish
At this period the best bait is small minnows, crayfish, molluscs, etc.Black Bass
Charles Barker Bradford
It hunts vigorously for crayfish and insect larv in the rivers.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
By means of the circulation of the blood, the crayfish breathes.Chatterbox, 1905.
The crayfish is brave, and skilful too, and he has good pistols.
This house belongs to me—the guineas of that crayfish will belong to me!
esp US crawfish
noun plural -fish or -fishes
Word Origin for crayfish
"small, freshwater lobster," early 14c., crevis, from Old French crevice "crayfish" (13c., Modern French écrevisse), probably from Frankish *krebitja or a similar Germanic word that is a diminutive form of the root of crab (n.1); e.g. Old High German krebiz "crab, shellfish," German Krebs. Modern spelling is 16c., under influence of fish (n.).