Opossum shrimp
Opossum O*pos"sum, n. [Of N. American Indian origin.] (Zo["o]l.) Any American marsupial of the genera {Didelphys} and {Chironectes}; called also {possum}. The common species of the United States is {Didelphys Virginiana}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Several related species are found in South America. The water opossum of Brazil ({Chironectes variegatus}), which has the hind feet, webbed, is provided with a marsupial pouch and with cheek pouches. It is called also {yapock}. [1913 Webster]

{Opossum mouse}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Flying mouse}, under {Flying}.

{Opossum shrimp} (Zo["o]l.), any schizopod crustacean of the genus {Mysis} and allied genera. See {Schizopoda}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Opossum shrimp — Shrimp Shrimp, n. [OE. shrimp; probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See {Shrimp}, v.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any one of numerous species of macruran Crustacea belonging to {Crangon} and various allied genera, having a slender body and long …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Opossum shrimp — can refer to: *A species of shrimplike crustacean, Neomysis americana , of the group Mysidacea *Any member of the group Mysidacea …   Wikipedia

  • opossum shrimp — n. MYSID: the female carries her eggs in a pouch between the legs …   English World dictionary

  • opossum shrimp — any small, shrimplike crustacean of the order Mysidacea, the females of which carry their eggs in a pouch between the legs. [1835 45] * * * ▪ crustacean also called  possum shrimp  or  mysids        any member of the crustacean order Mysidacea.… …   Universalium

  • opossum shrimp — /əˈpɒsəm ʃrɪmp/ (say uh posuhm shrimp) noun any of the small, shrimp like schizopod crustaceans constituting the family Mysidae, of which the females carry their eggs in a pouch between the legs …   Australian English dictionary

  • opossum shrimp — noun a shrimp like crustacean whose eggs and young are carried in a ventral brood pouch. [Order Mysidacea.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • opossum shrimp — noun shrimp like crustaceans whose females carry eggs and young in a pouch between the legs • Hypernyms: ↑malacostracan crustacean • Member Holonyms: ↑Mysis, ↑genus Mysis, ↑Praunus, ↑genus Praunus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shrimp — Shrimp, n. [OE. shrimp; probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See {Shrimp}, v.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any one of numerous species of macruran Crustacea belonging to {Crangon} and various allied genera, having a slender body and long legs.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrimp catcher — Shrimp Shrimp, n. [OE. shrimp; probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See {Shrimp}, v.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any one of numerous species of macruran Crustacea belonging to {Crangon} and various allied genera, having a slender body and long …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrimp net — Shrimp Shrimp, n. [OE. shrimp; probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See {Shrimp}, v.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any one of numerous species of macruran Crustacea belonging to {Crangon} and various allied genera, having a slender body and long …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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