crawfish, noun

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British EnglishFrenchShow more Transferred use of British English crawfish a name applied especially to the langouste Palinurus vulgaris (from French crevice, crevis freshwater crustacean); cf. crayfish.
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crayfish. Also attributive.
1853 L. Pappe Synopsis of Edible Fishes 11This crawfish (sc. the Cape lobster, Palinurus lalandii), peculiar only to the West Coast, and common to Table Bay, is easily caught.
1973 L. Dickson in Cape Times 2 July 5The Cape Times helpfully explained the difference between crayfish, crawfish, kreef, rock lobster and langouste...It leaves me as confused as ever.
crayfish. Also attributive.

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