crawfish

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Folk etymology from Middle English crevis, from Old French crevice, influenced by fish. Compare crayfish, French écrevisse.

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crawfish (countable and uncountable, plural crawfishes or crawfish)

  1. (Southern US, Midwestern US and Western US) Various freshwater crustaceans, crayfish.
  2. (South Africa) Various marine crustaceans, rock lobster; especially Jasus lalandii, the Cape crawfish.
  3. (Quebec, Canada, slang, derogatory) A slur against Anglo-Canadians used in some corners of Quebec (including the Gaspé).

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crawfish (third-person singular simple present crawfishes, present participle crawfishing, simple past and past participle crawfished)

  1. (colloquial, Southern US) To backpedal, desert or withdraw (also used with out).
    • 1968, Charles Portis, True Grit:
      I have never been one to flinch or crawfish when faced with an unpleasant task.

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