prawn

noun
\ ˈprȯn How to pronounce prawn (audio) , ˈprän\

Definition of prawn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various widely distributed edible decapod crustaceans: such as
a : one (as of the genera Pandalus and Penaeus) that resembles shrimp and has a large compressed abdomen
b : shrimp especially : a large shrimp

prawn

verb
prawned; prawning; prawns

Definition of prawn (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fish for or with prawns

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Verb

prawner noun

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Some of the sample dishes sound straight out of a Venice Beach diet: wild caught prawn ceviche and lavosh, seared organic chicken and zucchini pappardelle, lemon angel food cake with blueberry topping. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Longest Flight May Also Be the World's Longest Spa Treatment," 17 Aug. 2018 Take your pick of lobster, prawns, or crab, grab a cold one, and enjoy. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: Flights to Lisbon from $539 Round-Trip," 14 Dec. 2018 And with everything from pad thai with prawns to blueberry-crumble pancakes, this is also one of the best brunch places in the city. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 Since regulations prohibit serving raw fish in an airline environment, the prawns had to be poached. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Science Behind the World’s Longest Flights," 15 Aug. 2018 Baron spotlights sweet spot prawns caught by Adam Aliotti of the Ocean Warrior boat, one of only three people with a spot prawn fishing permit for the Monterey Bay. Carolyn Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, "Salt Wood Kitchen highlights local seafood in Monterey," 29 May 2018 Mackerel, prawns, trout, and spanner crab usually make an appearance. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Think seared wild salmon over rice pilaf topped with creamy avocado tzatziki sauce and fresh tomato oregano relish; shrimp and white wine squid-ink ravioli with prawns sautéed in a roasted garlic white wine butter sauce. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Providence is bursting with new things to see, do, and eat," 23 May 2018 Customers and critics alike rave about their bracing white wines and sherries, and the seafood-heavy offerings like oysters, white prawns a la plancha, and cockles with vinho verde and garlic. Leah Bhabha, Vogue, "The Best New York Restaurants for a Bathroom Selfie," 14 Apr. 2018

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Other dishes on the menu will speak to the global flavors introduced to Americans at that time, like tempura prawn with decidedly Southeast Asian flavors of tamarind, lime and chiles, or a house pappardelle with oxtail ragout. Joseph Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "Hollywood-inspired BLVD releases details on its luxe menu," 16 May 2017 The tides on the opener are unbelievably fantastic as many of us who dig this fishery finalize our prawning plans. Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times, "Tony Floor’s Tackle Box filled with plenty of spring fishing options from spot shrimp to summer salmon planning," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of prawn

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prawn

Noun

Middle English prane

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The first known use of prawn was in the 15th century

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prawn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prawn

US : a large shrimp
: a small lobster with long, slender claws

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