prawns
Shrimp Shrimp, n. [OE. shrimp; -- probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See {Shrimp}, v.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) (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}. [1913 Webster]

2. Figuratively, a little wrinkled man; a dwarf; -- in contempt. [1913 Webster]

This weak and writhled shrimp. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Opossum shrimp}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Opossum}.

{Spector shrimp}, or {Skeleton shrimp} (Zo["o]l.), any slender amphipod crustacean of the genus {Caprella} and allied genera. See Illust. under {L[ae]modopoda}.

{Shrimp catcher} (Zo["o]l.), the little tern ({Sterna minuta}).

{Shrimp net}, a dredge net fixed upon a pole, or a sweep net dragged over the fishing ground. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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