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Definition of Crayfish

  CRAYFISH   noun
A small crustacean very much resembling the lobster, but less indigestible.
      In this small fish I take it that human wisdom is admirably   figured and symbolized; for whereas the crayfish doth move only   backward, and can have only retrospection, seeing naught but the   perils already passed, so the wisdom of man doth not enable him to   avoid the follies that beset his course, but only to apprehend   their nature afterward.

Sir James Merivale

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?kre?f?? n. (pl. same) 1 a small lobster-like freshwater crustacean. 2 a crawfish. [ME f. OF crevice, crevis, ult. f. OHG krebiz CRAB(1): assim. to FISH(1)]

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