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opossum shrimp

any small, shrimplike crustacean of the order Mysidacea, the females of which carry their eggs in a pouch between the legs.
Origin of opossum shrimp
1835-45 Unabridged
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  • Mysids are often called opossum shrimp because females typically their eggs in a pouch.
  • Fish and opossum shrimp entrainment was monitored using partial recovery tailrace and intake nets.
British Dictionary definitions for opossum shrimp

opossum shrimp

any of various shrimplike crustaceans of the genera Mysis, Praunus, etc, of the order Mysidacea, in which the females carry the eggs and young around in a ventral brood pouch
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