When is it a shrimp, and when is it a prawn?

Watching a DVR episode of Bobbie Flay's Throwdown, all about burritos and taking place in San Francisco. The two brothers featured refer to shrimp as "prawns." I thought prawns were big shrimp, if I thought about it at all. But is it a cultural/national term for THE SAME THING? These were shrimp sized shrimp.

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