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prawn

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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.

RELATED WORDS

clam, crustacean, mollusk, snail, scallop, conch, crawfish, shrimp, lobster, mussel, oyster, barnacle, whelk, piddock, crayfish

Nearby words

pratyeka, prau, prausnitz-küstner reaction, pravda, pravity, prawn, prawn cracker, prawn-sandwich, praxagoras, praxeology, praxes

Idioms

    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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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 Formsprawner, noun

Word Origin for prawn

C15: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for prawn

prawn


n.

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

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