snapping shrimp

noun
any common shrimp of the family Alphaeidae, distinguished by the snapping sound made by its enlarged claw.
Also called pistol shrimp.


Origin:
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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