lan·​gos·​ti·​no ˌlaŋ-gə-ˈstē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce langostino (audio)
plural langostinos
: 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, 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, 23 Aug. 2007

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of langostino was in 1915

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“Langostino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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