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 for Fairy shrimp
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fairy \Fair"y\, a.
     1. Of or pertaining to fairies.
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     2. Given by fairies; as, fairy money. --Dryden.
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     Fairy bird (Zool.), the Euoropean little tern ({Sterna
        minuta); -- called also sea swallow, and hooded tern.
     Fairy bluebird. (Zool.) See under Bluebird.
     Fairy+martin+(Zool.),+a+European+swallow+({Hirrundo+ariel">Fairy martin (Zool.), a European swallow ({Hirrundo ariel)
        that builds flask-shaped nests of mud on overhanging
     Fairy rings or Fairy circles, the circles formed in
        grassy lawns by certain fungi (as Marasmius Oreades),
        formerly supposed to be caused by fairies in their
        midnight dances; also, the mushrooms themselves. Such
        circles may have diameters larger than three meters.
     Fairy shrimp (Zool.), a European fresh-water phyllopod
        crustacean ({Chirocephalus diaphanus); -- so called from
        its delicate colors, transparency, and graceful motions.
        The name is sometimes applied to similar American species.
     Fairy stone (Paleon.), an echinite.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fairy shrimp
      n 1: small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with
           many appendages; swims on its back

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