fairy shrimp

noun

Definition of fairy shrimp

: any of several very small translucent freshwater branchiopod crustaceans (order Anostraca)

Examples of fairy shrimp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crustaceans, including the inch-long fairy shrimp, also depend on these seasonal pools, laying their eggs in the water. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Like magic, these habitats disappear and reappear each spring," 20 Mar. 2019 When the rains come in summer, my favorite thing to do is look for the elusive fairy shrimp. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Anza Borrego sheep count is for the extreme," 7 July 2018 The animals include a variety of frogs - complete with their sounds, salamanders, and fairy shrimp. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Vernal Pools Bursting With Life," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of fairy shrimp

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Fairy shrimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairy%20shrimp. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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