brine shrimp

noun

Definition of brine shrimp 

: any of a genus (Artemia) of branchiopod crustaceans that can exist in strongly saline environments

Examples of brine shrimp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

This packet contains salt, water conditioner and some brine shrimp eggs. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "National Sea Monkey Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 16 May 2018 The Salton Sea of the future will resemble Mono Lake in California's Sierra range and the Great Salt Lake in Utah, which support limited ecological diversity but lots of shorebirds, brine shrimp and brine flies. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "As salinity grows and toxic dust spreads, patience wears thin at Salton Sea," 17 May 2018 The scientists added water of two different salinities and up to 135,000 brine shrimp to each. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Tiny shrimp may be mixing ocean water as much as the wind and waves," 18 Apr. 2018 After a half-dozen of these up/down cycles, the researchers left the brine shrimp on the bottom of the tank and read the salinity at a variety of depths. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Tiny krill appear to mix up the ocean," 20 Apr. 2018 To get the brine shrimp to migrate, the researchers simply took advantage of the fact that these organisms migrate toward the light. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Tiny krill appear to mix up the ocean," 20 Apr. 2018 In these native habitats, the birds feast on a diet of algae, brine shrimp, and plankton—the same foods that San Diego's sole flamingo and a host of other birds enjoy. National Geographic, "Lonely Flamingo Mysteriously Appears in a Major City," 9 Mar. 2018 And many of those fish survive on fresh brine shrimp flown in from Florida each week. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On," 11 Sep. 2017 Scientists previously believed that tardigrades survive desiccation by using a sugar called trehalose found in other creatures that can complete such a feat, including brine shrimp, yeast and tree frogs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How the Remarkable Tardigrade Springs Back to Life after Drying Out," 20 Mar. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'brine shrimp.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of brine shrimp

1835, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about brine shrimp

Share brine shrimp

Statistics for brine shrimp

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for brine shrimp

The first known use of brine shrimp was in 1835

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on brine shrimp

See words that rhyme with brine shrimp

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about brine shrimp

Comments on brine shrimp

What made you want to look up brine shrimp? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!