de·​vein | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈvān How to pronounce devein (audio) \
deveined; deveining; deveins

Definition of devein

transitive verb

: to remove the dark dorsal vein from (shrimp)

Examples of devein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Prep: Look for large, already peeled and deveined ones that won't fall through the grates. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grill Like a Pro This Summer," 20 May 2019 Stir in baby bok choy and peeled and deveined shrimp and cook until shrimp are opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Red Curry Shrimp and Cilantro Rice," 9 Oct. 2018 Herbes de Provence 6 pieces bacon 1 dozen 10-12 shrimp, thawed, peeled and deveinedBBQ sauce Mesclun greens Directions: 1. Kelly Vaughan,, "BBQ Recipes," 22 June 2018 Add 3/4 pound peeled, deveined shrimp; cook until shrimp begin to turn pink, about 2 minutes. Michael Austin,, "Lively white wines pair with rich shrimp-feta spaghetti dish," 21 Mar. 2018 Add juice of one lemon, a tablespoon freshly chopped chives and 1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp. Lauren Delgado,, "Keep it simple for Valentine's Day," 8 Feb. 2018 Heat for 30 seconds and add 1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp. Lauren Delgado,, "Keep it simple for Valentine's Day," 8 Feb. 2018 Removing it is no more complicated than deveining a shrimp. Melissa Jayne Kinsey, Slate Magazine, "Going Out With a Bang," 26 Oct. 2017 Clean and devein the shrimp well and remove the shells, leaving just the tail portion. Compiled By Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Gourmet Tailgating: four recipes to ensure a winning gameday menu," 6 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'devein.' 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 devein

1953, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about devein

Statistics for devein

Last Updated

30 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for devein

The first known use of devein was in 1953

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on devein

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with devein

Comments on devein

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


having a desire to acquire more things

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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