Skeleton shrimp
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]


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  • Skeleton shrimp — Skeleton Skel e*ton, a. Consisting of, or resembling, a skeleton; consisting merely of the framework or outlines; having only certain leading features of anything; as, a skeleton sermon; a skeleton crystal. [1913 Webster] {Skeleton bill}, a bill… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skeleton shrimp — Taxobox name = Skeleton shrimp image width = 300px image caption = Pariambus typicus regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Crustacea classis = Malacostraca superordo = Peracarida ordo = Amphipoda subordo = Corophiidea infraordo =… …   Wikipedia

  • skeleton shrimp — noun small amphipod crustacean having a grotesque form suggestive of the praying mantis; found chiefly on seaweed • Hypernyms: ↑amphipod • Member Holonyms: ↑Caprella, ↑genus Caprella * * * noun : an amphipod crustacean of Caprella or a related… …   Useful english dictionary

  • skeleton shrimp — ▪ crustacean       any of certain marine crustaceans of the family Caprellidae (order Amphipoda), particularly of the genera Caprella and Aeginella. The common name derives from the slender body structure. Most species are predators on other… …   Universalium

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrimp catcher — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrimp net — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skeleton — Skel e*ton, a. Consisting of, or resembling, a skeleton; consisting merely of the framework or outlines; having only certain leading features of anything; as, a skeleton sermon; a skeleton crystal. [1913 Webster] {Skeleton bill}, a bill or draft… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skeleton bill — Skeleton Skel e*ton, a. Consisting of, or resembling, a skeleton; consisting merely of the framework or outlines; having only certain leading features of anything; as, a skeleton sermon; a skeleton crystal. [1913 Webster] {Skeleton bill}, a bill… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skeleton key — Skeleton Skel e*ton, a. Consisting of, or resembling, a skeleton; consisting merely of the framework or outlines; having only certain leading features of anything; as, a skeleton sermon; a skeleton crystal. [1913 Webster] {Skeleton bill}, a bill… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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