any common shrimp of the family Alphaeidae, distinguished by the snapping sound made by its enlarged claw.
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- snapper up,
- snapping beetle,
- snapping turtle,
Origin of snapping shrimp
First recorded in 1940–45
Also called pistol shrimp.
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