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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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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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 fertilized eggs into the water to grow.
Prawns have a shell where each segment overlaps the one below it, giving them a stiffer body and less movement. Shrimp carry their eggs on their abdomen after fertilization, but prawns release
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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.
A prawn is a small aquatic crustacean with an exoskeleton and 10 legs that belong to the Decapoda order, some of which can be eaten. Large swimming crustaceans or shrimp, especially those with commercial significance in the fishing sector, are referred to as prawns in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Commonwealth countries.
Though Prawn is the common name for this animal similar to shrimp, its scientific name is Dendrobranchiata and it is part of the crustacea class. It is typically 1 to 1.5 centimeters long. In total, there are 200 subspecies of prawns. Most of them live their lives in the freshwater that helps them thrive.
prawn (countable and uncountable, plural prawn or prawns) A crustacean of the suborder Dendrobranchiata. (Commonwealth) A crustacean, sometimes confused with shrimp. (Australia, colloquial, derogatory) Synonym of butterface: A woman with an attractive body but an unattractive face.