spiny lobster


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.

Nearby words

  1. spiny anteater,
  2. spiny cocklebur,
  3. spiny dogfish,
  4. spiny dormouse,
  5. spiny lizard,
  6. spiny rat,
  7. spiny-finned,
  8. spiny-headed worm,
  9. spiny-rayed,
  10. spiny-rayed fish

Origin of spiny lobster

First recorded in 1810–20

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

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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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