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pistol shrimp

noun

snapping shrimp

noun
1.
any common shrimp of the family Alphaeidae, distinguished by the snapping sound made by its enlarged claw.
Also called pistol shrimp.
Origin of snapping shrimp
1940-1945
First recorded in 1940-45
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