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shrimp

A shrimp is a small crustacean that lives on the ocean floor. You may be most familiar with the shrimp you order at a seafood restaurant, but there are over 2,000 species of shrimp in the world.

While many people think of shrimp as a delicious part of a pasta dish or seafood buffet, there's much more to these tiny animals. Shrimp are invertebrates, with hard exoskeletons, antennae, and eyes on long stalks. They live at the bottom of the ocean, where they filter sand and particles for algae and plankton. Shrimp probably comes from the Old Norse skreppa, "thin person," and fittingly, shrimp is also a mildly derogatory term for a small person.

Definitions of shrimp
  1. noun
    small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible
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    types:
    pistol shrimp, snapping shrimp
    small shrimp that makes a snapping noise with one of their enlarged chelae
    type of:
    decapod, decapod crustacean
    crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax
  2. noun
    any of various edible decapod crustaceans
    synonyms: prawn
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    types:
    river prawn
    large Australian prawn
    type of:
    seafood
    edible fish (broadly including freshwater fish) or shellfish or roe etc
  3. noun
    disparaging terms for small people
    synonyms: half-pint, peewee, runt
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    type of:
    small person
    a person of below average size
  4. verb
    fish for shrimp
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    type of:
    fish
    catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
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