any small, shrimplike crustacean of the order Mysidacea, the females of which carry their eggs in a pouch between the legs.
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First recorded in 1835–45
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any of various shrimplike crustaceans of the genera Mysis, Praunus, etc, of the order Mysidacea, in which the females carry the eggs and young around in a ventral brood pouch
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