Is a crawdad a crawfish?

Chef's answer
Crawdad, M-W helpfully explained, "is the synonym of the words crawfish and crayfish that is used chiefly west of the Appalachians to mean the aquatic animal that looks like a small lobster and lives in rivers and streams." In our experience, they are also called "crawdaddies," a diminutive.18 Jun 2019
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Crawfish (also called crawdads, crayfish, stonecrabs and mud-bugs) can be boiled for a delicious treat or eaten raw (ideally with salt) as a high-protein survival food.
I learned from a book that crawdads don't really sing. ... With her then-husband Mark Owens, they made a name for themselves in the wild, writing three books together about their experiences with elephants and lions, even appearing in a 1988 National Geographic documentary, African Odyssey."17 Mar 2019
Crawdad, M-W helpfully explained, "is the synonym of the words crawfish and crayfish that is used chiefly west of the Appalachians to mean the aquatic animal that looks like a small lobster and lives in rivers and streams." In our experience, they are also called "crawdaddies," a diminutive.18 Jun 2019
Like other edible crustaceans, only a small portion of the body of a crayfish is edible. ... At crawfish boils or other meals where the entire body of the crayfish is presented, other portions, such as the claw meat, may be eaten. Claws of larger boiled specimens are often pulled apart to access the meat inside.
Instructions
  • Pour live crawfish into a washtub or ice chest
  • Seven rules for eating crayfish safely To avoid illness, those who crave crayfish should observe the following rules: 1. Do not eat raw crayfish or buy dead ones as histidine, an amino acid, in the creature's protein cells turns poisonous after they die.30 Jun 2018
    by Delia Ownes. There is an aura of menace from the start in this story's atmospheric location. Reaching for the dictionary, we discover the meaning of the word crawdad:a colloquial term for the elusive crayfish.
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