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[krey-fish] /ˈkreɪˌfɪʃ/

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.).


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