rock shrimp


: any of several hard-shelled warm-water shrimp (genus Sicyonia, especially S. brevirostris) that are harvested chiefly in the Gulf of Mexico and widely sold as food

Examples of rock shrimp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paine is still finalizing the food for each venue, but two dishes are sure to make the Emilia’s menu: rock shrimp fra diavolo and bistecca alla Fiorentina, both from Paine’s appearance on Ciao House. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 11 July 2023 Anything fried is good, and the steamed rock shrimp are great. Coastal Living, Southern Living, 15 June 2023 Dishes will include rock shrimp ceviche, brisket, shrimp and mushroom tacos, beef sliders, tuna tartare and chicken quesadillas. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2023 This week, for example, Cooper is getting Dover sole from Iceland, sea urchins from Maine, Shigoku oysters and geoduck clams from Washington state, sepia (cuttlefish) from Italy, sablefish from Alaska, bluefin tuna from Spain and rock shrimp from the Florida Keys. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 31 Mar. 2022 Sample items include a rock shrimp gyoza (potsticker) with caraway seed, cultured cram and Georgian herbs, a lamb kibbeh (meatball) wrap with cumin, allspice, cucumber, Kalamata olive and lemon dill yogurt on sangak flatbread; and Basque burnt cheesecake with persimmon ginger jam. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2021 The opening menu will include ricotta cavatelli, with braised osso buco and porcini mushrooms, and Rocchio’s legendary trofie pasta, with a seafood Bolognese that includes rock shrimp, scallops, peas and garbanzo beans. Ben Crandell,, 27 Sep. 2021 Open with either tempura rock shrimp with ginger chili pepper aioli, or risotto arancini stuffed with mozzarella and served alongside roasted tomato merlot sauce for dipping. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2021 Artifact at Mingei is a great spot for lunch —not least of all because its innovative menu, which offers international dishes like rock shrimp gyoza and cardamom tapioca, is reflective of the items on display in the museum. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 28 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rock shrimp was in 1973

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“Rock shrimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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