bay shrimp


Definition of bay shrimp

  1. 1 :  any of various small, pinkish shrimp (such as Pandalus borealis and P. jordani) harvested chiefly in cold northern marine waters and widely sold as food … a Greek salad that arrived piled with bay shrimp—all simple, hearty and delicious. — Barbara Tannenbaum, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2002 Served in an old-fashioned “tulip” sundae glass, the cocktail consists of dozens of tiny bay shrimp topped by a dollop of zippy red sauce. — Greg Morago, Hartford (Connecticut) Courant, 6 Apr. 2003

  2. 2 :  a shrimp (Crangon franciscorum) found in marine and estuarine waters along the Pacific coast of North America and caught chiefly for use as fish bait Bay shrimp are a key building block in the bay's food chain. They are eaten by birds, such as blue herons and snowy egrets, as well as by fish such as striped bass. — Paul Rogers, San Jose (California) Mercury News, 17 July 2003

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