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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Crawfish \Craw"fish`\ (kr[add]"f[i^]sh`), Crayfish \Cray"fish`\
     (kr[=a]"f[i^]sh`), n.; pl. {-fishes} or {-fish}. [Corrupted
     fr. OE. crevis, creves, OF. crevice, F. ['e]crevisse, fr.
     OHG. krebiz crab, G. krebs. See {Crab}. The ending -fish
     arose from confusion with E. fish.] (Zool.)
     Any decapod crustacean of the family {Astacid[ae]} (genera

     {Cambarus} and {Cambarus}), resembling the lobster, but
     smaller, and found in fresh waters. Crawfishes are esteemed
     very delicate food both in Europe and America. The North
     American species are numerous and mostly belong to the genus
     {Cambarus}. The blind crawfish of the Mammoth Cave is
     {Cambarus pellucidus}. The common European species is
     {Astacus fluviatilis}.
     Syn: crawdad, crawdaddy.
          [1913 Webster]
     2. tiny lobsterlike crustaceans usually boiled briefly.
     Syn: crawdad, ecrevisse.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     3. a large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace
        but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters.
     Syn: spiny lobster, langouste, rock lobster, crayfish, sea
          [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Fish \Fish\, n.; pl. {Fishes} (f[i^]sh"[e^]z), or collectively,
     {Fish}. [OE. fisch, fisc, fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch,
     OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk,
     Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. {Piscatorial}. In some
     cases, such as fish joint, fish plate, this word has prob.
     been confused with fish, fr. F. fichea peg.]
     1. A name loosely applied in popular usage to many animals of
        diverse characteristics, living in the water.
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     2. (Zool.) An oviparous, vertebrate animal usually having
        fins and a covering scales or plates. It breathes by means
        of gills, and lives almost entirely in the water. See
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     Note: The true fishes include the Teleostei (bony fishes),
           Ganoidei, Dipnoi, and Elasmobranchii or Selachians
           (sharks and skates). Formerly the leptocardia and
           Marsipobranciata were also included, but these are now
           generally regarded as two distinct classes, below the
           [1913 Webster]
     3. pl. The twelfth sign of the zodiac; Pisces.
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     4. The flesh of fish, used as food.
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     5. (Naut.)
        (a) A purchase used to fish the anchor.
        (b) A piece of timber, somewhat in the form of a fish,
            used to strengthen a mast or yard.
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     Note: Fish is used adjectively or as part of a compound word;
           as, fish line, fish pole, fish spear, fish-bellied.
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     {Age of Fishes}. See under {Age}, n., 8.
     {Fish ball}, fish (usually salted codfish) shared fine, mixed
        with mashed potato, and made into the form of a small,
        round cake. [U.S.]
     {Fish bar}. Same as {Fish plate} (below).
     {Fish beam} (Mech.), a beam one of whose sides (commonly the
        under one) swells out like the belly of a fish. --Francis.
     {Fish crow} (Zool.), a species of crow ({Corvus ossifragus}),
        found on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It feeds
        largely on fish.
     {Fish culture}, the artifical breeding and rearing of fish;
     {Fish davit}. See {Davit}.
     {Fish day}, a day on which fish is eaten; a fast day.
     {Fish duck} (Zool.), any species of merganser.
     {Fish fall}, the tackle depending from the fish davit, used
        in hauling up the anchor to the gunwale of a ship.
     {Fish garth}, a dam or weir in a river for keeping fish or
        taking them easily.
     {Fish glue}. See {Isinglass}.
     {Fish joint}, a joint formed by a plate or pair of plates
        fastened upon two meeting beams, plates, etc., at their
        junction; -- used largely in connecting the rails of
     {Fish kettle}, a long kettle for boiling fish whole.
     {Fish ladder}, a dam with a series of steps which fish can
        leap in order to ascend falls in a river.
     {Fish line}, or {Fishing line}, a line made of twisted hair,
        silk, etc., used in angling.
     {Fish louse} (Zool.), any crustacean parasitic on fishes,
        esp. the parasitic Copepoda, belonging to {Caligus},
        {Argulus}, and other related genera. See {Branchiura}.
     {Fish maw} (Zool.), the stomach of a fish; also, the air
        bladder, or sound.
     {Fish meal}, fish desiccated and ground fine, for use in
        soups, etc.
     {Fish oil}, oil obtained from the bodies of fish and marine
        animals, as whales, seals, sharks, from cods' livers, etc.
     {Fish owl} (Zool.), a fish-eating owl of the Old World genera
        {Scotopelia} and {Ketupa}, esp. a large East Indian
        species ({K. Ceylonensis}).
     {Fish plate}, one of the plates of a fish joint.
     {Fish pot}, a wicker basket, sunk, with a float attached, for
        catching crabs, lobsters, etc.
     {Fish pound}, a net attached to stakes, for entrapping and
        catching fish; a weir. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett.
     {Fish slice}, a broad knife for dividing fish at table; a
        fish trowel.
     {Fish slide}, an inclined box set in a stream at a small
        fall, or ripple, to catch fish descending the current.
     {Fish sound}, the air bladder of certain fishes, esp. those
        that are dried and used as food, or in the arts, as for
        the preparation of isinglass.
     {Fish story}, a story which taxes credulity; an extravagant
        or incredible narration. [Colloq. U.S.] --Bartlett.
     {Fish strainer}.
        (a) A metal colander, with handles, for taking fish from a
        (b) A perforated earthenware slab at the bottom of a dish,
            to drain the water from a boiled fish.
     {Fish trowel}, a fish slice.
     {Fish weir} or {Fish wear}, a weir set in a stream, for
        catching fish.
     {Neither fish nor flesh}, {Neither fish nor fowl} (Fig.),
        neither one thing nor the other.
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From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n 1: any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates
            usually having scales and breathing through gills; "the
            shark is a large fish"; "in the livingroom there was a
            tank of colorful fish"
       2: the flesh of fish used as food; "in Japan most fish is eaten
          raw"; "after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot
          of people started eating fish instead of meat"; "they have
          a chef who specializes in fish"
       3: (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Pisces
          [syn: {Pisces}]
       4: the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from
          about February 19 to March 20 [syn: {Pisces}, {Pisces the
       v 1: seek indirectly; "fish for compliments" [syn: {angle}]
       2: catch or try to catch fish or shellfish; "I like to go
          fishing on weekends"
       [also: {fishes} (pl)]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       See {fish}

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