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'Prawn' etymology

prawn (n.)
“long-tailed, ten-footed shrimp-like crustacean, abundant on the shores of the British Isles,” early 15c., prayne, a word of unknown origin. “No similar name found in other langs.” [OED].
Source : Etymology Online

Note: The Online Etymology Dictionary maintains a free-access list of the origins of thousands of English words, a significant proportion of which are unknown


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