Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

snapping shrimp

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. any common shrimp of the family Alphaeidae, distinguished by the snapping sound made by its enlarged claw.

Origin of snapping shrimp

First recorded in 1940–45
Also called pistol shrimp.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018