One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural crawfishesNorth American
1A freshwater crayfish.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1another term for spiny lobster
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘Edible crabs, crawfish and lobsters must not be taken.’
- ‘An interesting occupant of the rock's ledges is the crawfish.’
- ‘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.’
Retreat from a position.‘the three networks, intimidated by the public outcry, had begun to crawfish’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘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.’
Early 17th century: variant of crayfish.
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