In North America, the term “shrimp” is used much more frequently, while the word “prawn” is most often used to describe larger species or those fished from fresh water.
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Prawn is a common name for small aquatic crustaceans with an exoskeleton and ten legs (which is a member of the order decapoda), some of which can be eaten.  The term "prawn"  is used particularly in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Commonwealth nations, for large swimming crustaceans or shrimp , especially those with commercial significance in the fishing industry .
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ˈprän. : any of various widely distributed edible decapod crustaceans: such as. a. : one (as of the genera Pandalus and Penaeus) that resembles shrimp and has a large compressed abdomen. b. : shrimp. especially : a large shrimp. c. : langoustine.
Shrimp's front pincers are the largest and they have claws on two pairs of the legs. Prawns, on the other hand, have their largest pincers on the second pair of legs and claws on three pairs of their legs. Another difference between shrimp and prawns is that shrimp carry their fertilized eggs on the underside of their bodies beneath their tails and prawns release their …
1. prawn - any of various edible decapod crustaceans. shrimp. shrimp - small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible. shrimp cocktail - a cocktail of cold cooked shrimp and a sauce. seafood - edible fish (broadly including freshwater fish) or shellfish or roe etc.
Prawns are bigger, but shrimp win on variety. The top five largest in the prawn/shrimp category are all prawns, with the largest shrimp, the Pacific White Shrimp clocking in at number six. So when
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