lobster

/ˈlɒbstə / (say 'lobstuh)

noun
1. rock lobster.
2. any of various edible, freshwater, stalk-eyed decapod crustaceans of the family Nephropidae, found in the Northern Hemisphere, with large claws and a smooth carapace; crayfish.
3. Especially Tasmaniayabby (def. 1).
4. Colloquial a twenty-dollar note.
{Middle English lobster, lop(i)ster, Old English loppestre, from loppe spider (both creatures having many projecting parts). See lop1, -ster}
Usage: Worldwide there is much variation in usage between the terms lobster and crayfish. In Australia the term crayfish is used by various people in various areas for any or all of defs 1–3. There do not seem to be any distinct regions where one term is used to the exclusion of the other. However, there is some regional variation with regard to frequency of usage. For instance, in Tasmania, the term lobster is more commonly used to refer to the yabby, and crayfish is more commonly used to refer to the rock lobster, than in other states.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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