• WordNet 3.6
    • v shrimp fish for shrimp
    • n shrimp small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible
    • n shrimp any of various edible decapod crustaceans
    • n shrimp disparaging terms for small people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fried chicken is the most popular meal ordered in sit-down restaurants in the US. The next in popularity are: roast beef, spaghetti, turkey, baked ham, and fried shrimp.
    • Shrimp (Zoöl) 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.
    • Shrimp Figuratively, a little wrinkled man; a dwarf; -- in contempt. "This weak and writhled shrimp ."
    • Shrimp (Zoöl) 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.
    • Shrimp (Zoöl) In a more general sense, any species of the macruran tribe Caridea, or any species of the order Schizopoda, having a similar form.
    • v. t Shrimp To contract; to shrink.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: shrimp have their heart in their head
    • shrimp To contract; shrink.
    • n shrimp A salt-water long-tailed ten-footed crustacean of the family Crangonidæ, and especially of the genus Crangon. C. vulgarisis the common shrimp of Great Britain, about 2 inches long, greenish-gray dotted with brown, of fragile structure, somewhat translucent, and esteemed a delicacy as food. It boils to a brown color, not red as is usual with crustaceans. The shrimps are closely related to prawns, and one of the prawns, Pandalus annulicornis, a British species, is often miscalled shrimp. The name is also extended to various related crustaceans. Among those bearing this name in the United States are some Gammaridæ, as Gammarus fasciatus; species of Pandalus, as P. annulicornis, the deep-water shrimp, and P. danæ, which is dried in California for exportation to China; the river-shrimp, Palæmon ohionis; and Penæus brasiliensis of the Carolinas, Florida, etc. See also cut under Gammarus.
    • n shrimp A little wrinkled person; a dwarfish creature; a manikin: in contempt.
    • shrimp To catch or fish for shrimps.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The state of Utah used to be submerged under water and to this day brine shrimp can still be found in rain-filled hollows under rocks and boulders.
    • n Shrimp shrimp a genus of edible crustaceans, of the order Decapoda, allied to lobsters, crayfish, and prawns: a little wizened or dwarfish person
    • v.i Shrimp to catch shrimps
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. scrimman, to dry up, wither, MHG. schrimpfen, to shrink, G. schrumpfen, Dan. skrumpe, skrumpes, Da. & Sw. skrumpen, shriveled. Cf. Scrimp Shrink Shrivel


In literature:

There are men dredging for shrimps and crabs through shoals uncovered by the ebb.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
He says that the shrimps eat only the dead ova, and never touch the living ones.
"Amateur Fish Culture" by Charles Edward Walker
If I was asked what was the chief article of sale in the town, I should say, Shrimps.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was just such a little shrimp as you are, when he was a boy.
"Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy 1899" by George W. Peck
He asked the bass and the pollock; but they were so greedy after the shrimps that they did not care to answer him a word.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
Fine shrimps, the very best!
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Do they sell crabs, shrimps, winkles, herrings?
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
A cluster of houses belonging to shrimp fishermen was right under these batteries, where they were sure to get some of the return fire.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
A northern name for the shrimp.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The nights we had after the shrimp sandwiches!
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne

In poetry:

A shrimp who sought his lady shrimp
Could catch no glimpse
Not even a glimp.
At times, translucence
Is rather a nuisance.
"The Shrimp" by Ogden Nash
They brought him onions strung on ropes,
And cold boiled beef, and telescopes,
And balls of string, and shrimps, and guns,
And chops, and tacks, and hats, and buns.
"Pasha Bailey Ben" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A light moves on the north sky line;
where the young boys prod stones for shrimp.
In seventeen hundred came Tsing to these hill lakes.
A light moves on the South sky line.
"Canto XLIX: For the Seven Lakes" by Ezra Pound
E--Say, what avails it that my servant speaks
Italian, English, Arabic, and Greek,
Besides Albanian; if he don't speak French,
How can I ask for salt, or shrimps, or tench?
"Eclogue:Composed at Cannes, December 9th, 1867" by Edward Lear
In the Northland there were three
Pukka Pliers of the pen;
Two of them had Fame in fee
And were loud and lusty men;
By them like a shrimp was I -
Yet alas! they had to die.
"Two Men (J. L. And R. B.)" by Robert W Service
BABETTE she was a fisher gal,
With jupon striped and cap in crimps.
She passed her days inside the Halle,
Or catching little nimble shrimps.
Yet she was sweet as flowers in May,
With no professional bouquet.
"Babette's Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Oct 3, 2012 — Some farmers growing shrimp in Midwestern ponds say they do it for love, not money.
Shrimp and chorizo in cream.
Cornmeal shortcakes with shrimp and chorizo cream sauce.
Chefs Eric and Jason cook up some Shrimp Po'boys.
Served in a tequila lime sauce, the Mexican Drunken Shrimp is worth trying.
Cajun shrimp and corn chowder soup recipe.
0 Humphrey's Cajun shrimp and corn chowder .
Corn and shrimp make for a great pairing in this simple but richly flavored Cajun-spiced chowder.
Humphrey's Restaurant's Cajun shrimp and corn chowder .
A Grits & Shrimp Recipe from Karel Anne.
Cornmeal shortcakes with shrimp and chorizo cream sauce.
Grilled Redfish with Andouille & Shrimp Couche Couche .
Yet, when others are paired, seeming opposites serve up a delicious surprise, like jumbo shrimp.
Where Shrimp Go for a Face-Lift.
KFC Launches Star Shrimp Nuggets In Singapore.

In science:

Hanson. A gynandromorph of the brine shrimp, artemia salina.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
Distributed shared memory programming was pursued by the Shrimp project and through the development of UPC.
Cluster Computing White Paper
The Virtual Memory-Mapped Communication system, later extended to VMMC-2, is the enabling low-latency protocol for the Princeton SHRIMP project.
Cluster Computing White Paper