Definition of crawfish in English:

crawfish

noun

North American
  • 1A freshwater crayfish.

    • ‘There isn't much else to see at this depth apart from freshwater crawfish scuttling for cover along the silty bottom.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most representative food of Cajun culture is crawfish, or mudbug.’
    • ‘Small freshwater crawfish potter about and are easily approachable.’
    • ‘In flood years they open the gates and fresh water flushes through the Basin and the crawfish and the fishermen flourish.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for spiny lobster
      • ‘Edible crabs, crawfish and lobsters must not be taken.’
      • ‘The new display will also include tropical hermit crabs, crawfish, horseshoe crabs, and other species.’
      • ‘The diver asked the chef if he would prepare a special crawfish dish for her birthday party at his restaurant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

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

    ‘the 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

/ˈkrôˌfiSH//ˈkrɔˌfɪʃ/