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snapping shrimp

noun
1.
any common shrimp of the family Alphaeidae, distinguished by the snapping sound made by its enlarged claw.
Also called pistol shrimp.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
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  • Temporal, geographic, and density variations in the acoustic activity of snapping shrimp.
  • Many species of snapping shrimp--so named for their outsize fighting claw--are known.

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