Shrimp (?), v. t. [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.



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Shrimp, n. [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.


In a more general sense, any species of the macruran tribe Caridea, or any species of the order Schizopoda, having a similar form.


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.


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

This weak and writhled shrimp. Shak.

Opossum shrimp. Zool. See under Opossum. -- Spector shrimp, ∨ 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.


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