(Craw) n. [Akin to D. kraag neck, collar, G. kragen, Sw. kräfva craw, Dan. kro, and possibly to
Gr. or bro`chqos throat. &radic25. Cf. Crag neck.] (Zoöl.) (a) The crop of a bird. (b) The stomach
of an animal.
(Cray"fish`) (kra"fish`), n.; pl. -fishes or -fish. [Corrupted fr. OE. crevis,
creves, OF. crevice, F. écrevisse, fr. OHG. krebiz crab, G. krebs. See Crab. The ending -fish arose
from confusion with E. fish.] (Zoöl.) Any crustacean of the family Astacidæ, 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
(Craw"ford) n. A Crawford peach; a well-known freestone peach, with yellow flesh, first raised
by Mr. William Crawford, of New Jersey.
(Crawl) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crawled (kr&addld); p. pr. & vb. n. Crawling.] [Dan. kravle, or
Icel. krafla, to paw, scrabble with the hands; akin to Sw. kräla to crawl; cf. LG. krabbeln, D. krabbelen
1. To move slowly by drawing the body along the ground, as a worm; to move slowly on hands and knees; to
A worm finds what it searches after only by feeling, as it crawls from one thing to another.
2. Hence, to move or advance in a feeble, slow, or timorous manner.
He was hardly able to crawl about the room.
The meanest thing that crawl'd beneath my eyes.
3. To advance slowly and furtively; to insinuate one's self; to advance or gain influence by servile or obsequious
Secretly crawling up the battered walls.
Hath crawled into the favor of the king.
Absurd opinions crawl about the world.
4. To have a sensation as of insect creeping over the body; as, the flesh crawls. See Creep, v. i., 7.
(Crawl) n. The act or motion of crawling; slow motion, as of a creeping animal.
(Crawl), n. [Cf. Kraal.] A pen or inclosure of stakes and hurdles on the seacoast, for holding
(Crawl"er) n. One who, or that which, crawls; a creeper; a reptile.
(Crawl"y) a. Creepy. [Colloq.]
(Cray Cray"er) (-er), n. See Crare. [Obs.]
(Cray"fish) n. (Zoöl.) See Crawfish.
(Cray"on) n. [F., a crayon, a lead pencil (crayon Conté Conté's pencil, i. e., one made a black
compound invented by Conté), fr. craie chalk, L. creta; said to be, properly, Cretan earth, fr. Creta the
island Crete. Cf. Cretaceous.]