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prawn

[prawn]
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noun
  1. any of various shrimplike decapod crustaceans of the genera Palaemon, Penaeus, etc., certain of which are used as food.
verb (used with object)
  1. to catch prawns, as for food.
Idioms
  1. come the raw prawn, Australian Slang. to try to impose on or deceive someone (followed by with).

Origin of prawn

1400–50; late Middle English prane, of uncertain origin
Related formsprawn·er, noun
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prawn

noun
  1. 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
  2. come the raw prawn Australian informal to attempt deception
Derived Formsprawner, noun

Word Origin

C15: of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for prawn

n.

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

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