from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various freshwater crustaceans of the genera Cambarus and Astacus, resembling a lobster but considerably smaller. Also called mudbug; also called regionally crawdad.
- n. See spiny lobster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A freshwater crustacean (Cambaridae) resembling a small lobster, sometimes used as an inexpensive seafood or as fish bait.
- n. A rock lobster.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See crawfish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See crawfish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
- n. tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly
- n. warm-water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California
- n. large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters
By folk etymology from Middle English crevise, from Old French crevice, perhaps from Old High German krebiz, edible crustacean.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration (by folk-etymology, influenced by fish) of Middle English crevis, from Old French crevice ("crayfish"; > Modern French: écrevisse), from Old Frankish *krebitja (“crayfish”), diminutive of Old Frankish *krebit (“crab”), from Proto-Germanic *krabitaz (“crab, cancer”), from Proto-Indo-European *grebʰ-, *gerebʰ- (“to scratch, crawl”). Akin to Old High German krebiz ("edible crustacean, crab"; > Modern German Krebs ("crab")), Middle Low German krēvet ("crab"), Dutch kreeft ("crayfish, lobster"), Old English crabba ("crab"). More at crab. (Wiktionary)