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 Some were wearing brine shrimp costumes, bird costumes, bird masks. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Feb. 2024 The barnacles were fed fresh brine shrimp for three weeks to monitor their growth. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 24 Aug. 2023 Sealing off the breach slowed the southern arm’s surging salinity levels, which had already begun killing off its microbes, brine flies, brine shrimp and the birds that depend on them. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 The Great Salt Lake supports more than 10 million migrating birds, billion-dollar minerals businesses and a multimillion-dollar brine shrimp harvesting industry. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 The waters in California’s dry lakes have delivered a living bumper crop — brine shrimp. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2023 Compass also has rights to 205,000 acre-feet in the south arm of the lake, which state resource managers sealed off from the north arm last year to keep salinity levels from spiking and killing off keystone species in the ecosystem, like brine flies and brine shrimp. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2023 So, like the lakes themselves, the brine shrimp too are zombies of a sort. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2023 Harvesting brine shrimp for commercial fish food supports thousands of jobs and provides more than $1.5 billion in revenue annually. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 4 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brine shrimp was in 1835

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“Brine shrimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

brine shrimp

: any of a genus of crustaceans found especially in salt lakes

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