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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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Crawdad Analysis Software uses Wards hierarchal clustering method to group objects of interest with minimal information loss, where loss is described as the minimization of the sum of squares error.
With a crawdad in hand, claws contained, begin by asking the reluctant child what she notices about the creature.
Among other numbers he gave were the fact that 8,000 pounds of alligator and between 12,000 and 14,000 pounds of crawdads were sold.
Each data set was analyzed in Crawdad Text Analysis software creating a CRA Network for each job listing.
Of course, the crawdad was missing a claw, but it was better than nothing.
GEOFF ROWLEY WANTS IT MADE PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT regardless of crawdad cookouts to the contrary, Ali Boulala is strictly a promoter of the popular Flip clothin' line.
Usually known as a crawfish, crawdad, ecrevisse, mud bug, it is highly prized.
Crayfish, otherwise known as crawdad, crawfish, and freshwater lobster, are freshwater crustaceans that are smaller than its marine relative, the lobster, but they are structurally similar.
If garlic is not for you, try the Monterey Squid Festival, with its famous squid fajitas and squid jewelry contest; the Tracy Dry Bean Festival, featuring a "magical fruit" bean display and museum; the Angel's Camp Zucchini Festival, which awards a prize to the smallest zucchini grown; the Isleton Crawdad Festival, complete with crawdad races and a crawdad pancake breakfast; the Vacaville Onion Festival, with its raw onion--eating contest; the Santa Cruz Brussels Sprout Festival, where brussels sprout water taffy and ice cream are served; the Guerneville Slug Fest, whose annual Slug-Off tasting has featured Slug Garlic Bread, Slughetti, and Upslime-Down Cake; or Willow Creek's Peach Luau and Annual Ricksha Race.
Any people who routinely eat bushels of the obscenely ugly crawdad (jubilantly exhorting the novice to "twist dey tail and suck dey head") can be expected to put away far too much of more appealing fare.
Pregnant Bears and Crawdad Eyes: Excursions and Encounters in Animal Worlds, by Paul Schullery.