noun, plural (especially collectively) crayfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) crayfishes.
Also called crawdad, crawdaddy. any freshwater decapod crustacean of the genera Astacus and Cambarus, closely related to but smaller than the lobsters.
any of several similar marine crustaceans, especially the spiny lobster.
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any freshwater decapod crustacean of the genera Astacus and Cambarus, resembling a small lobster
any of various similar crustaceans, esp the spiny lobster
“small, freshwater lobster,” early 14c., crevis, from Old French crevice “crayfish” (13c., Modern French écrevisse), probably from Frankish *krebitja or a similar Germanic word that is a diminutive form of the root of crab (n.1); e.g. Old High German krebiz “crab, shellfish,” German Krebs. Modern spelling is 16c., under influence of fish (n.).
- Cray instability
A shortcoming of a program or algorithm that manifests itself only when a large problem is being run on a powerful machine such as a Cray. Generally more subtle than bugs that can be detected in smaller problems running on a workstation or minicomputer. [Jargon File] (1994-10-13)
[krey-oh-luh] /kreɪˈoʊ lə/ Trademark. 1. a brand of wax crayon, usually sold in assortments of bright colors. /kray-oh’l*/ A super-minicomputer or super-microcomputer that provides some reasonable percentage of supercomputer performance for an unreasonably low price. A crayola might also be a killer micro. [Jargon File] (1994-10-13)
- Crayola books
publication A humorous and/or disparaging term for the rainbow series of National Computer Security Center (NCSC) computer security standards. See also Orange Book. [Jargon File] (1996-12-03)
[krey-on, -uh n] /ˈkreɪ ɒn, -ən/ noun 1. a pointed stick or pencil of colored clay, chalk, wax, etc., used for drawing or coloring. 2. a drawing in crayons. verb (used with object) 3. to draw or color with a crayon or crayons. verb (used without object) 4. to make a drawing with crayons. /ˈkreɪən; […]