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[prawn] /prɔn/
any of various shrimplike decapod crustaceans of the genera Palaemon, Penaeus, etc., certain of which are used as food.
verb (used with object)
to catch prawns, as for food.
come the raw prawn, Australian Slang. to try to impose on or deceive someone (followed by with).
Origin of prawn
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English prane, of uncertain origin
Related forms
prawner, noun Unabridged
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  • There was a paddle at one end, with enough of an edge to behead a prawn, and the other end had been worked to a point.

    Little Fuzzy Henry Beam Piper
  • The prawn has never been tried on the Shuswap Lake; it might be worth a trial.

    Fishing in British Columbia Thomas Wilson Lambert
  • The latter insects were reported to be tender as chicken and as tasty as prawn “almondised.”

  • Like most other kinds of crustacea, the prawn is much larger in tropical climates.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • To move quickly, the Shrimp or prawn merely bends his body, then straightens it.

    On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith
  • But for a prawn curry there is no place like the City of Palaces.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • prawns,—but not the so-called “Dublin prawn,” which is delicious when eaten plain boiled, but no good in a curry.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
British Dictionary definitions for prawn


any of various small edible marine decapod crustaceans of the genera Palaemon, Penaeus, etc, having a slender flattened body with a long tail and two pairs of pincers
(Austral, informal) come the raw prawn, to attempt deception
Derived Forms
prawner, noun
Word Origin
C15: of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for prawn

early 15c., prayne, of unknown origin. "No similar name found in other langs." [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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