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 The morphological differences between the new shrimp and a Mongolian fairy shrimp, Phallocryptus tserensodnomi, were slight: a longer frontal organ, and curvier antennae. Sabrina Imbler New York Times, Star Tribune, 24 Sep. 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, 24 Sep. 2020 Crustaceans, including the inch-long fairy shrimp, also depend on these seasonal pools, laying their eggs in the water. Liz Langley, National Geographic, 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, 7 July 2018 The animals include a variety of frogs - complete with their sounds, salamanders, and fairy shrimp. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, 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 24 Jul. 2021.

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