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 The brine shrimp industry began booming in the 1970s, but increasing salinity in the shrinking lake threatens the enterprise. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 The shrinking lake, with its increasing salinity, could start killing off brine shrimp and flies that feed 10 million migratory birds as early as this summer. Peter Weber, The Week, 8 June 2022 Fed mostly by inflows from the Bear River, Great Salt Lake supports thriving brine shrimp and mineral extraction industries, not to mention millions of migratory birds. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 Greater flamingos are filter feeders, sifting small plants, including tiny plankton and algae, and little animals -- such as brine shrimp -- out of the water. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 1 Apr. 2022 As the lake level drops, the water is becoming increasingly saline and therefore less hospitable to brine shrimp that form the basis of the food chain. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 The mushroom-like structures are formed by furry, deep green mats of microbes, which are the base of the lake’s food chain and main sustenance for brine shrimp. NBC News, 3 Feb. 2022 The mushroom-like structures are formed by furry, deep green mats of microbes, which are the base of the lake’s food chain and main sustenance for brine shrimp. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Feb. 2022 All of the magnesium produced in the United States and 40% of the world’s supply of brine shrimp eggs, used to raise prawns, come from the Great Salt Lake. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of brine shrimp

1835, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

7 Aug 2022

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“Brine shrimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brine%20shrimp. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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