lan·​gos·​ti·​no | \ ˌlaŋ-gə-ˈstē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce langostino (audio) \
plural langostinos

Definition of langostino

: any of several edible crustaceans (as of the genus Pleuroncodes) that are or resemble small lobsters or large shrimp specifically : langoustine

Examples of langostino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The case hung on the semantic question of whether a langostino could legally be considered a lobster. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "If Subway's tuna isn't tuna, what is it? Bay Area lawsuit won't say," 28 Jan. 2021 Scott Horsley, a reporter at National Public Radio, asked a leading marine biologist if a langostino, also known as the squat lobster, is technically a lobster. Aaron Rowe, WIRED, "Genetic Testing for Tuna: Is it really Yellowfin?," 23 Aug. 2007

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First Known Use of langostino

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for langostino

Spanish, diminutive of langosta spiny lobster, locust, from Vulgar Latin *lacusta, alteration of Latin locusta

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13 Feb 2021

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“Langostino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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