- The name given to various species of small clawless crustaceans with long curved tails and large heads varying in colour from white translucent to red and brown and from 7 to 20 cm long found all over the world’s oceans. Available raw or cooked, shelled or unshelled and fresh, frozen or dried. The tails only are eaten. Varieties include common prawn, spot prawn, northern prawn, deepwater prawn and king prawn.
- noun a type of shellfish, like a large shrimp