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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various small, shrimplike, chiefly marine crustaceans of the order Mysida, the females of which carry their eggs in a pouch beneath the thorax.

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  • noun zoology Any member of the Mysidae.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Mysis, Mysid-, type genus, from Greek musis, a closing, from mūein, to close the lips or eyes.]

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  • These were mysid shrimp, which were often used in tests to see whether polluted water was harming marine life. For years, Ciba-Geigy had refused to conduct those mysid tests, preferring instead to test its effluent on a much hardier animal, the sheepshead minnow. (The company's critics would later call the minnow the "cockroach of the sea" for its ability to survive even in highly toxic environments.
    Dan Fagin, Tomes River: A Story of Science and Salvation (New York: Bantam Books, 2014), p. 154.

    February 7, 2016