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n. Chiefly Southern & Western US


(ˈkrɔːˌdæd) or


(Animals) a US dialect form of crayfish



also crawfish

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. Also called crawdad , crawdaddy. any of various mainly freshwater decapod crustaceans, esp. of the genera Astacus and Cambarus, resembling small lobsters.
2. (not in technical use) the spiny lobster.
[1350–1400; alter. (by folk etym.) of Middle English crevis < Middle French crevice < Old High German krebiz crab1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crawdad - tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled brieflycrawdad - tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly
Old World crayfish, ecrevisse - small crayfish of Europe and Asia and western North America
American crayfish - common large crayfishes of eastern North America
shellfish - meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)
2.crawdad - small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobstercrawdad - small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
decapod, decapod crustacean - crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax
Old World crayfish, ecrevisse - small crayfish of Europe and Asia and western North America
American crayfish - common large crayfishes of eastern North America
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The dinner, which includes rice boudin, crawdads, cornbread and more, is $23.
He had a little bit of local fame as lead singer in a long-running bluegrass band, the Putah Creek Crawdads.
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Lots of people think that's a bad thing, but it forces bass to target crawdads, bluegills, trout, and salmon.
19: In Louisiana, crawdads move into flooded rice fields to feed on the remnants of that crop.
This is a restless landscape populated with mythic boys, drunken boats, hoodoo talismans, trotlines, swamps with cypress knees that resemble tombstones, glinting switchblades, and rivers teeming with slithery gars, catfish, and crawdads.
As they passed through the Southern Portal to the Underworld, spiders with seven eyes and crawdads with clacking claws growled and hissed and lurked out from the Portal's many twists and turns and side passages.
Armed with two large claws and bulging, beady, black eyes, crawdads give many rookie creek explorers reason to think twice before interacting with them.
That world did not interest Gabriel, who spent a lot of his free time catching frogs and crawdads on the banks of the San Joaquin River.
Those folks blessed with a sense of rhythm (ie only one left foot) and acquainted with the Terpsichorean art can see-out the gig without sitting down - unless you fancy a bowl of jambalya, crawdads or a po' boy
For live bait anglers, it's hard to beat crickets or small crawdads if you can get them.
Long still shots imitate the captive gaze of young, inquisitive eyes: the audience and Hushpuppy take time to investigate the intricacies of a bucket of squirming crawdads or the many caterpillars creeping around an insect's web.