noun, plural (especially collectively) cray·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cray·fish·es.
Origin of crayfish
Examples 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
British Dictionary definitions for crayfish
esp US crawfish
noun plural -fish or -fishes
Word Origin for crayfish
Word Origin and History 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.).