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prawn

noun \ ˈprȯn , ˈprän \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prawn

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of prawn

Middle English prane


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prawn

verb

Definition of prawn

intransitive verb
: to fish for or with prawns

prawner

noun

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First Known Use of prawn

1886


PRAWN Defined for English Language Learners

prawn

noun

Definition of prawn for English Language Learners

  • : a large shrimp

  • : a small lobster with long, slender claws



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