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Crayfish vs Sparrow - What's the difference?

crayfish | sparrow |

As a noun crayfish

is (new england|michigan|wisconsin|minnesota) a freshwater crustacean () resembling a small lobster, sometimes used as an inexpensive seafood or as fish bait.

As a proper noun sparrow is

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crayfish

Alternative forms

* (l) * (l), (l), (l) (obsolete) * (l), (l), (l) (obsolete)

Noun

(en-noun)
  • (New England, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota) A freshwater crustacean () resembling a small lobster, sometimes used as an inexpensive seafood or as fish bait.
  • (AU, NZ, South Africa) A rock lobster.
  • Usage notes

    The term crayfish'' predominates in the region of New England and in New York, Pennsylvania Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In much of the United States—in the South, especially in Louisiana and Texas; in the Midwest and in the West—''crawfish'' predominates. In a belt stretching across Kentucky through Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma, and in Oregon and northern California, the term ''crawdad predominates.[http://spark-1590165977.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com/jkatz/SurveyMaps/]

    Synonyms

    * (freshwater crustaceans) crawdad, crawfish, mudbug, yabby (Australia)

    See also

    * lobster * prawn * shrimp * yabby

    sparrow

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The house sparrow, Passer domesticus ; a small bird with a short bill, and brown, white and gray feathers.
  • A member of the family Passeridae, comprising small Old World songbirds.
  • A member of the family Emberizidae, comprising small New World songbirds.
  • Generically, any small, nondescript bird.
  • (UK, chiefly, London) A quick-witted, lively person. Often used in the phrase cockney sparrow .
  • * 2005 , Drama Faces: Martine McCutcheon , BBC
  • Professional cockney sparrow Martine has acted since childhood.
  • * 1878 , Ally Sloper's guide to the Paris exhibition , Charles Henry Ross, p. 54
  • I take it there 's scarcely a happier fellow alive than your honest town-bred smoke-dried cockney sparrow .

    Derived terms

    * sparrowhawk * house sparrow * (tree sparrow)

    Synonyms

    (checksyns) * spadger, sparra, spuggy