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prawn

[ prawn ]
/ prɔn /
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noun

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.

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Idioms for prawn

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM prawn

prawner, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for prawn

prawn
/ (prɔːn) /

noun

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
come the raw prawn Australian informal to attempt deception

Derived forms of prawn

prawner, noun

Word Origin for prawn

C15: of obscure origin
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