rock lobster, noun phrase

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EnglishShow more Transferred use of general English name, which is applied especially to the langouste Palinurus vulgaris.
crayfish. Also attributive.
1953 Sun (Baltimore, U.S.A.) 9 Sept. 10The name of the South African crawfish was changed by law to ‘rock lobster’.
1960 J. Cope Tame Ox 163He started with a rock-lobster boat in the Cape waters.
1970 G. Croudace Scarlet Bikini 73‘And no kreef,’ Tony said, referring to the rock lobster.
1975 Dict. of Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. 149Rock lobster,..(Jasus lalandii) alt: Cape crayfish, spiny lobster S Afr sea crustacean of the fam[ily] Palinuridae to wh[ich] the crayfish belongs; flesh of this crustacean when frozen or canned for export.
1978 S. Afr. Panorama Feb. 45Off Southern Africa there are three species of rock lobster of any commercial value.
1981 G. & M. Branch Living Shores 189There are many species of rock lobster around the coast of southern Africa. Jasus lalandii..is the common west coast species. On the south and east coasts live a host of Panulirus and Palinurus species.
1985 Cape Times 15 Nov. 13Rock lobster season open. Today is the big day in the lives of the amateur rock lobster or kreef catchers.
c1988 S. Afr. 1987–8: Off. Yrbk (Bureau for Info.) 382The total wholesale value of rock lobster products was estimated at over R70-million in 1984/85.
1991 Flying Springbok May 99The menu is quite breathtaking, with a repertoire that ranges from foie gras, Cape rock lobster tails on rice pilaff..to lamb noisettes.
1991 B.J. Barker Fairest Cape 60 (caption)A rare (and expensive) delicacy is the Cape rock lobster (Jasus lalandii).
crayfish. Also attributive.

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