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Definition of Shrimp


  1. To contract; to shrink.
  2. 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.
  3. In a more general sense, any species of the macruran tribe Caridea, or any species of the order Schizopoda, having a similar form.
  4. 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.
  5. Figuratively, a little wrinkled man; a dwarf; -- in contempt.
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Shrimp Translations

shrimp in Dutch is garnaal
shrimp in German is Garnele, Krabbe
shrimp in Italian is granchiolino
shrimp in Spanish is gamba