Brine shrimp
Brine Brine, n. [AS. bryne a burning, salt liquor, brine, fr. brinnan, brynnan, to burn. See {Burn}.] 1. Water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt; pickle; hence, any strong saline solution; also, the saline residue or strong mother liquor resulting from the evaporation of natural or artificial waters. [1913 Webster]

2. The ocean; the water of an ocean, sea, or salt lake. [1913 Webster]

Not long beneath the whelming brine . . . he lay. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

3. Tears; -- so called from their saltness. [1913 Webster]

What a deal of brine Hath washed thy sallow cheecks for Rosaline! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Brine fly} (Zo["o]l.), a fly of the genus {Ephydra}, the larv[ae] of which live in artificial brines and in salt lakes.

{Brine gauge}, an instrument for measuring the saltness of a liquid.

{Brine pan}, a pit or pan of salt water, where salt is formed by cristallization.

{Brine pit}, a salt spring or well, from which water is taken to be boiled or evaporated for making salt.

{Brine pump} (Marine Engin.), a pump for changing the water in the boilers, so as to clear them of the brine which collects at the bottom.

{Brine shrimp}, {Brine worm} (Zo["o]l.), a phyllopod crustacean of the genus {Artemia}, inhabiting the strong brines of salt works and natural salt lakes. See {Artemia}.

{Brine spring}, a spring of salt water.

{Leach brine} (Saltmaking), brine which drops from granulated salt in drying, and is preserved to be boiled again. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • brine shrimp — n. any of a genus (Artemia) of small fairy shrimp found in salt lakes and marshes and used as living, frozen, or dried food in aquariums …   English World dictionary

  • Brine shrimp — Taxobox name = Brine shrimp image caption = Artemia salina regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Crustacea classis = Branchiopoda ordo = Anostraca familia = Artemiidae familia authority = Grochowski, 1895 genus = Artemia genus… …   Wikipedia

  • brine shrimp — a small crustacean, Artemia salina, of the order Anostraca, common to saline lakes, including Great Salt Lake in Utah. [1830 40] * * * Any of several small crustaceans (genus Artemia) inhabiting brine pools and other highly salty inland waters… …   Universalium

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  • brine shrimp — noun a small fairy shrimp which lives in brine pools and salt lakes and is used as food for aquarium fish. [Artemia salina.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • brine shrimp — /ˈbraɪn ʃrɪmp/ (say bruyn shrimp) noun any branchiopod crustacean of the cryptobiotic genus Artemia …   Australian English dictionary

  • brine shrimp — noun Date: 1836 any of a genus (Artemia) of branchiopod crustaceans that can exist in strongly saline environments …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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