crayfish

(redirected from Crawdads)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

crayfish

a decapod crustacean (suborder Macrura) that possesses an elongate body of the CARIDOID FACIES type.

crayfish

Includes many genera and species, many of them farmed, e.g. Procambarus, Oronectes, Astacus, Pastifastacus spp. Called also freshwater crayfish.

freshwater crayfish
see crayfish (above).
crayfish plague
epizootic disease of European crayfish (Astacus astacus) caused by Aphanomyces astaci. Affects also Cherax spp. (American crayfish), Pacifastacus leniusculus.
References in periodicals archive ?
Crawdads scurried all over the sandy bottom of the creek.
Pregnant Bears and Crawdad Eyes: Excursions and Encounters in Animal Worlds, by Paul Schullery.
LAKESIDE - The Lakeside Crawdad Festival, a new three-day free event on the coast, presents a weekend of music, a Cajun Cook-off, a street fair and a crawdad boil at Lakeside County Park, South Eighth Street and Park Avenue.
The entertainment includes Emmy Award winner Dan Crow of Nickelodeon fame, who will be entertaining children in his ``Mahalo - Multilingual Songs'' workshop, and special guests Banjo Bob and Melody Burns, who will perform the creepy thriller ``Ghosts, Crawdads and Chickens'' on Saturday and ``Music for Little Kids'' on Sunday.
Freshwater crawdads here are big enough to cook -- if you can see them to catch them where they blend skillfully into the muddy banks.
In Texas and Louisiana, where the critter also constitutes a major industry, Southern slang softens the name to crawfish or crawdads.
And there was none to pelt its muskrats and scare its minnows and trap its crawdads and capture its tadpoles.
The Rangers and the Double A Frisco RoughRiders have agreed to a four-year extension through the 2014 season, and Texas has extended its affiliations with the Low A Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League and the Short Season A Spokane Indians of the Northwest League for two years each through 2012.
They took off to play with friends down the road, take the dogs and ride the ponies down to the creek to play in the water, or hunt crawdads and look for cool rocks, hang out in their treehouse in a huge old oak out in the back pasture and play Cowboys and Indians .
Lakeside is a long way from Louisiana, but that won't prevent organizers of the community's new Crawdad Festival from importing more than half a ton of Louisiana crawdads.
Other forage includes crawdads, golden shiners and baby bass.
Crawdads River Cantina, 1375 Garden Highway; 929-2268.