Aesop prawn

noun

Ae·​sop prawn
ˈē-ˌsäp-,
-səp-
1
: a small decapod crustacean of the genus Hippolyte
2
Australia : a small humpbacked prawn (Periclimenes aesopius)

Word History

Etymology

New Latin aesopius, literally, Aesopian (specific epithet of Periclimenes aesopius), from Latin Aesopus; from the belief that Aesop was humpbacked

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aesop prawn was in 1897

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“Aesop prawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aesop%20prawn. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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