fairy shrimp
noun Date: 1857 any of several very small translucent freshwater branchiopod crustaceans (order Anostraca)

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  • Fairy shrimp — Fairy Fair y, a. 1. Of or pertaining to fairies. [1913 Webster] 2. Given by fairies; as, fairy money. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {Fairy bird} (Zo[ o]l.), the Euoropean little tern ({Sterna minuta}); called also {sea swallow}, and {hooded tern}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fairy shrimp — n. any of an order (Anostraca) of crustaceans, usually formed in temporary freshwater pools in early spring, having delicate colors and a graceful swimming motion …   English World dictionary

  • Fairy shrimp — Taxobox name = Fairy shrimp image caption = Adult fairy shrimp image width = 200px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Crustacea classis = Branchiopoda subclassis = Sarsostraca subclassis authority = Tasch, 1969 ordo = Anostraca… …   Wikipedia

  • fairy shrimp — any member of the crustacean order Anostraca, characterized by an elongate trunk with more than 20 segments and the absence of a carapace, typically found swimming ventral side up in fresh water. [1855 60] * * * Any of the crustaceans in the… …   Universalium

  • fairy shrimp — fair′y shrimp n. ivt any transparent branchiopod crustacean of the order Anostraca, of freshwater ponds • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • fairy shrimp — /ˈfɛəri ʃrɪmp/ (say fairree shrimp) noun a crustacean of the genus Chirocephalus, primitive in the retention on the body segments of unspecialised appendages …   Australian English dictionary

  • fairy shrimp — noun A small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendages and swimming on its back …   Wiktionary

  • fairy shrimp — noun a small transparent crustacean which swims on its back, using its legs to filter food particles from the water. [Order Anostraca: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • fairy shrimp — noun small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendages; swims on its back • Hypernyms: ↑branchiopod crustacean, ↑branchiopod, ↑branchiopodan • Member Holonyms: ↑Artemia, ↑genus Artemia, ↑Chirocephalus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Midvalley fairy shrimp — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum …   Wikipedia

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