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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shrimp \Shrimp\, verb (used with an object) [Cf. AS. scrimman to dry up, wither, MHG. schrimpfen to shrink, G. schrumpfen, Dan. skrumpe, skrumpes, Da. & Sw. skrumpen shriveled. Cf. {Scrimp}, {Shrink}, {Shrivel}.] To contract; to shrink. [Obs.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shrimp \Shrimp\, noun [OE. shrimp; -- probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See {Shrimp}, v.]

1. (Zool.) (a) Any one of numerous species of macruran Crustacea belonging to {Crangon} and various allied genera, having a slender body and long legs. Many of them are used as food. The larger kinds are called also {prawns}. See Illust. of {Decapoda}. (b) In a more general sense, any species of the macruran tribe {Caridea}, or any species of the order Schizopoda, having a similar form. (c) In a loose sense, any small crustacean, including some amphipods and even certain entomostracans; as, the fairy shrimp, and brine shrimp. See under {Fairy}, and {Brine}.

2. Figuratively, a little wrinkled man; a dwarf; -- in contempt.

This weak and writhled shrimp. --Shak.

{Opossum shrimp}. (Zool.) See under {Opossum}.

{Spector shrimp}, or {Skeleton shrimp} (Zool.), any slender amphipod crustacean of the genus {Caprella} and allied genera. See Illust. under {Laemodopoda}.

{Shrimp catcher} (Zool.), the little tern ({Sterna minuta}).

{Shrimp net}, a dredge net fixed upon a pole, or a sweep net dragged over the fishing ground.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: disparaging terms for small people [syn: {runt}, {shrimp}, {peewee}, {half-pint}]

2: any of various edible decapod crustaceans [syn: {prawn}, {shrimp}]

3: small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible


1: fish for shrimp

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