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prawn

[prawn] /prɔn/
noun
1.
any of various shrimplike decapod crustaceans of the genera Palaemon, Penaeus, etc., certain of which are used as food.
verb (used with object)
2.
to catch prawns, as for food.
Idioms
3.
come the raw prawn, Australian Slang. to try to impose on or deceive someone (followed by with).
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English prane, of uncertain origin
Related forms
prawner, noun
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  • Popular choices include the king prawn pasta, steamed mussels and oven-baked seafood rice.
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  • prawn consumption in this area was lower than west coast with big cities.
British Dictionary definitions for prawn

prawn

/prɔːn/
noun
1.
any of various small edible marine decapod crustaceans of the genera Palaemon, Penaeus, etc, having a slender flattened body with a long tail and two pairs of pincers
2.
(Austral, informal) come the raw prawn, to attempt deception
Derived Forms
prawner, noun
Word Origin
C15: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for prawn
n.

early 15c., prayne, of unknown origin. "No similar name found in other langs." [OED].

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