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snapping shrimp

noun

  1. any common shrimp of the family Alphaeidae, distinguished by the snapping sound made by its enlarged claw.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of snapping shrimp1

First recorded in 1940–45

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Example Sentences

Before and after the hurricane, they found no major differences in the sound pressure levels associated with reef fish, though there was a small shift in some pressure levels associated with the snapping shrimp.

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