Aesop prawn

noun Ae·sop prawn \ˈē-ˌsäp-, -səp-\

Definition of Aesop prawn

  1. 1 :  a small decapod crustacean of the genus Hippolyte

  2. 2 Australia :  a small humpbacked prawn (Periclimenes aesopius)

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Origin and Etymology of aesop prawn

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

First Known Use: 1897

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