brine shrimp


Definition of brine shrimp

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Dehydrated blood that could keep at room temperature for years may be possible thanks to a sugar used to preserve donuts, and by tardigrades and brine shrimp to dry out and spring back with water. Susanne Bard, Scientific American, "Donut Sugar Could Help Stored Blood Last," 12 May 2020 Upside-down jellyfish of the genus Cassiopea produce tons of sticky mucus that trap small prey, such as brine shrimp, almost like a spider’s web. Cheryl Ames, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 13 Feb. 2020 The showstopper, however, is the torre de mariscos — a stacked seafood tower loaded with both cooked and citrus-brined shrimp, octopus and scallops layered between sliced cucumber and red onion. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Best New Restaurant No. 5: Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado, Detroit," 14 Feb. 2020 Mono Lake is three times saltier than the Pacific Ocean -- so salty, researchers said, that only two other species were ever known to live in it: brine shrimp and diving flies. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Scientists discover a worm that has three sexes and a pouch like a kangaroo's," 27 Sep. 2019 Despite its water being three times saltier than the ocean, the lake supports throngs of migrating birds that feed on teeming alkali flies and brine shrimp. Doug Hansen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Warm-weather adventures at Mammoth," 26 June 2019 Every single polyp that was given the choice ate almost twice as many microbeads as brine shrimp eggs. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "These corals choose to eat plastic over food," 25 June 2019 This packet contains salt, water conditioner and some brine shrimp eggs. Cassie Armstrong,, "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,, "As salinity grows and toxic dust spreads, patience wears thin at Salton Sea," 17 May 2018

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Brine shrimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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