Balmain bug

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noun Bal·main bug \ ˈbal-ˌmān- \

Definition of Balmain bug

:an edible marine crustacean (Ibacus peronii synonym I. incisus of the family Scyllaridae) that occurs mainly along the coast of southern Australia, has a flattened, reddish-brown body, and may reach a length of 9.8 inches (25 centimeters)
  • In fact, the Balmain bug is another crustacean, recognizably of lobster descent but smaller and sweeter.
  • —Clive IrvingCondé Nast TravelerNovember 1994
  • Balmain bugs could star in their own horror movie. They look like mutant lobsters—flatter and broad-shouldered.
  • —Marjie LambertMiami Herald26 Mar. 2006

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Origin and Etymology of balmain bug

after Balmain, town and fishing port near Sydney, Australia


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