Aesop prawn

Ae·​sop prawn | \ ˈē-ˌsäp-, -səp- \

Definition of Aesop prawn

1 : a small decapod crustacean of the genus Hippolyte
2 Australia : a small humpbacked prawn (Periclimenes aesopius)

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First Known Use of Aesop prawn

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Aesop prawn

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

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“Aesop prawn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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