American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various edible crustaceans similar to but larger than the shrimps.
- v. To fish for prawns.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A longtailed ten-footed crustacean, Palæmon serratus, abundant on the shores of Great Britain, resembling the shrimp, but having a long serrate rostrum; hence, any species of the family Palæmonidæ. The common prawn is 3 or 4 inches long, and is marketed in vast numbers. Among the species known as prawns in the United States, and available for food, are Palæmonetes vulgaris, Palinurus interruptus (the Californian sea crawfish), and the shrimp (Peneus brasiliensis) of the southern United States. Æsop's prawn is a member of the genus Hippolyte.
- n. A large shrimp.
- n. slang A woman with a very toned body, but an unattractive face.
- v. intransitive To fish for prawns.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of large shrimplike Crustacea having slender legs and long antennæ. They mostly belong to the genera Pandalus, Palæmon, Palæmonetes, and Peneus, and are much used as food. The common English prawn is Palæmon serratus.
- n. shrimp-like decapod crustacean having two pairs of pincers; most are edible
- v. fish for prawns
- n. any of various edible decapod crustaceans
- Middle English praine, prane. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I liked when he guest-starred on The Simpsons—I still chuckle whenever the sentence "Three prawns are hardly a galaxy!" comes to mind, which is pretty much whenever I hear the word prawn or read the word galaxy.”
“It was a variation on a wonderful 17-year old joke by Michael Heseltine from back before the 1992 election, when he taunted Labour leaders Neil Kinnock and John Smith for trying to woo the financial community with a series of lunches and dinners in the City of London - what became known as the prawn cocktail offensive. wrote:”
“Wrong, the name is from a type of grasshopper found in southafrica/nigera called the prawn”
“English lobster is a species, our cray fish is another, our prawn is another.”
“Spinning is usually practised when the water is too high or too coloured for the fly; trolling is seldom employed, but is useful for exploring pools which cannot be fished by spinning or with the fly; the prawn is a valuable lure in low water and when fish are unwilling to rise; while the worm is killing at all states of the river, but except as a last resource is not much in favour.”
“The English lobster is a species, our cray fish is another, our prawn is another.”
“We had a boat, and I would see these extraordinary creatures at the bottom of the island," such as prawn-like creatures the size of small dogs that were caught in nets.”
“Chiva-Som's two restaurants – Emerald Room and Taste of Siam – use a mix of Thai and Western influences to cook up low-calorie versions of dishes such as prawn salad and coconut curry, that are a feast for the eyes and mouth.”
“The obvious metaphor is there, made even moreso, when the South African government of this near-future's present decides to re-locate the one million-plus "prawn" population to a decidedly smaller, more isolated camp -- in tandem with MNU, a corporation running the alien ghetto while secretly trying to tap them for their technology and biology.”
“This stall has been serving Indian rojak -- a classic Singapore dish of fried foods such as prawn fritters, squid, prawn-paste cakes and potatoes with chilies -- since the 1960s.”
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