Definition of crawfish in English:

crawfish

noun

  • 1

    another term for spiny lobster
    • ‘The new display will also include tropical hermit crabs, crawfish, horseshoe crabs, and other species.’
    • ‘Edible crabs, crawfish and lobsters must not be taken.’
    • ‘Fish regularly shoal in the area; and within the rocky ledges enormous crabs, lobsters and the occasional crawfish take advantage of the fact that they are rarely visited or fished for.’
    • ‘The diver asked the chef if he would prepare a special crawfish dish for her birthday party at his restaurant.’
    • ‘Then the seals are forgotten as I come across a lobster-pot - not because of the crawfish inside it but the seahorse anchored to the bars.’
    • ‘An interesting occupant of the rock's ledges is the crawfish.’
    1. 1.1North American A freshwater crayfish.
      • ‘In flood years they open the gates and fresh water flushes through the Basin and the crawfish and the fishermen flourish.’
      • ‘Small freshwater crawfish potter about and are easily approachable.’
      • ‘There isn't much else to see at this depth apart from freshwater crawfish scuttling for cover along the silty bottom.’
      • ‘On holidays, it is common for everyone to fish for crawfish in the mountain streams or to catch land crabs to add to the evening meal.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most representative food of Cajun culture is crawfish, or mudbug.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]US
informal
  • Retreat from a position.

    ‘three networks, intimidated by the public outcry, had begun to crawfish’
    • ‘‘For 11 long years, he has sidestepped, crawfished, wheedled out of any agreements he had made not to develop weapons of mass destruction,’ he said.’
    • ‘If there were a shred of sense in this analogy, hunting would have been banned five years ago, whereas in fact he has ‘crawfished’ about like anything trying to avoid it.’

Origin

Early 17th century: variant of crayfish.

Pronunciation:

crawfish

/ˈkrɔːfɪʃ/