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 At that level, brine shrimp—now present in vanishingly low numbers in the lake—could return at great enough densities, ULRP managers hope, to nourish flamingos and other wildlife. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "After revival, Iran’s great salt lake faces new peril," 29 Apr. 2021 Hawkes works for the multimillion-dollar Great Salt Lake brine shrimp industry, and the Promontory Peninsula is an important launching point for shrimping boats. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Box Elder County cancels contract with landfill near shores of Great Salt Lake," 5 Mar. 2021 Her research traced the microbes that live in the brine to the diets of the region’s three species of flamingos, which eat brine shrimp. Ian Morse, Quartz, "Chile’s new constitution could rewrite the story of lithium mining," 22 Dec. 2020 Admission is $19 per person; brine shrimp, lorikeet nectar and meals cost extra. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "8 fun L.A. things you can do on Thanksgiving," 17 Nov. 2020 But when rains come, the eggs unfurl into small, feathery crustaceans called fairy shrimp, the freshwater cousins of brine shrimp. Sabrina Imbler New York Times, Star Tribune, "In the world's hottest desert, shrimp endure," 24 Sep. 2020 To understand why this is, researchers from the European Molecular Biology Lab Heidelberg fed a test population of anemone varying amounts of brine shrimp. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Sea Anemones Grow Limbs When They Eat," 15 Sep. 2020 Soul-Sun Goe is president of Ocean Star International, a company that harvests brine shrimp eggs from the Great Salt Lake to make aquarium fish food. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here’s a look at Utah’s political megadonors," 5 Sep. 2020 In a laboratory experiment, researchers found that the cassiosomes are capable of incapacitating brine shrimp, providing evidence that the jellyfish release cassiosomes to stun prey before eating them. Hannah Knighton, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Jellyfish Don’t Need Tentacles to Deliver a Toxic Sting," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of brine shrimp

1835, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Brine shrimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brine%20shrimp. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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