fairy shrimp

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fairy shrimp

n.
Any of various small branchiopod crustaceans of the order Anostraca that lack a carapace and characteristically swim upside-down, found in freshwater habitats and saline lakes.

fairy shrimp

n
(Animals) any small freshwater branchiopod crustacean of the genera Chirocephalus, Artemia, etc, having a transparent body with many appendages and habitually swimming on its back: order Anostraca

fair′y shrimp`


n.
any transparent branchiopod crustacean of the order Anostraca, of freshwater ponds.
[1855–60]
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Noun1.fairy shrimp - small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendagesfairy shrimp - small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendages; swims on its back
branchiopod, branchiopod crustacean, branchiopodan - aquatic crustaceans typically having a carapace and many pairs of leaflike appendages used for swimming as well as respiration and feeding
Artemia, Chirocephalus, genus Artemia, genus Chirocephalus - fairy shrimp; brine shrimp