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noun

any of several edible crustaceans of the family Palinuridae, differing from the true lobsters in having a spiny shell and lacking the large pincers.

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Also called crayfish, crawfish, sea crayfish, sea crawfish.

Origin of spiny lobster

First recorded in 1810–20
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British Dictionary definitions for spiny lobster

spiny lobster

noun

any of various large edible marine decapod crustaceans of the genus Palinurus and related genera, having a very tough spiny carapaceAlso called: rock lobster, crawfish, langouste
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