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[dee-veyn] /diˈveɪn/
verb (used with object)
to remove the dark dorsal vein of (a shrimp).
Origin of devein
de- + vein Unabridged
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Examples from the web for devein
  • devein as described previously, and peel off the shell.
  • It is important to devein shrimp before or after cooking, using a toothpick or a pointed knife.
  • These modern facilities require high volumes of water to wash, peel and devein shrimp.
Contemporary definitions for devein

to remove the vein or veins or digestive tract (dorsal vein) of a shrimp or other prawn

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