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Definition of the noun shrimp

What does shrimp mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shrimp / shrimps

  1. disparaging terms for small people
  2. any of various edible decapod crustaceans
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of shrimp: prawn
    • more generic word: seafood = edible fish (broadly including freshwater fish) or shellfish or roe etc
    • more specific term: river prawn = large Australian prawn
    • substance of: shrimp cocktail = a cocktail of cold cooked shrimp and a sauce
  3. small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic terms: decapod / decapod crustacean = crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax
    • more specific terms: snapping shrimp / pistol shrimp = small shrimp that makes a snapping noise with one of their enlarged chelae
    • parts:
      • swimmeret / pleopod = one of the paired abdominal appendages of certain aquatic crustaceans that function primarily for carrying the eggs in females and are usually adapted for swimming
      • prawn = any of various edible decapod crustaceans
    • member of: Crangonidae / family Crangonidae = shrimps

Alternative definition of the noun shrimp


  1. any of many small decapod crustaceans, of the infraorders Caridea, many of which are edible
    • synonym: prawn (Australia and U.K.)
  2. [uncountable, food] the flesh of the crustaceans
  3. [slang] a small or unimportant person

Definition of the verb shrimp

What does shrimp mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: shrimped | shrimping | shrimps

  1. fish for shrimp

Other definitions of shrimp

What does shrimp also mean?


  1. sensitive high resolution ion microprobe


Shrimp and prawn are important types of seafood that are consumed worldwide. In biological terms, shrimp and prawns belong to different suborders of Decapoda, however they are very similar in appearance and in commercial farming and fisheries, the terms are often used interchangeably. However, recent aquaculture literature increasingly uses the term "prawn" only for the freshwater forms of palaemonids and "shrimp" for the marine penaeids.

  • also known as Shrimp and prawn, Shrimp meat, Shrimp in cuisine

There are other foods with Shrimp in their name, like Botan Shrimp, Shrimp paste, Shrimp toast, Scampi Shrimp, Shrimp Creole, Taisho Shrimp, Drunken shrimp, Taisho Shrimp, Friday’s Shrimp, Black Tiger Shrimp, Shrimp roe noodles, White boiled shrimp, Shrimp and Mango Salad, Denny's golden fried shrimp, Applebee's Double Crunch Shrimp and CAMPBELL'S Red and White Cream of Shrimp Soup.


"Shrimp" is a musical single of Mr. Scruff.

  • released on (12 years ago)


Who is Shrimp?

Shrimp a.k.a. Angela Douglas, born Angela McDonagh, is an English actress.


Shrimp is a fictional character from 1999 musical drama film Topsy-Turvy.


  1. Shrimp: The term shrimp is used to refer to some decapod crustaceans, although the exact animals covered can vary. Used broadly, it may cover any of the groups with elongated bodies and a primarily swimming mode of locomotion – chiefly Caridea and Dendrobranchiata. In some fields, however, the term is used more narrowly, and may be restricted to Caridea, to smaller species of either group, or to only the marine species. Under the broader definition, shrimp may be synonymous with prawn, covering stalk-eyed swimming crustaceans with long narrow muscular tails, long whiskers and slender legs. They swim forwards by paddling with swimmerets on the underside of their abdomens. Crabs and lobsters have strong walking legs, whereas shrimp have thin fragile legs which they use primarily for perching.
    • also known as Shrimp and prawn
  2. SHRIMP a.k.a. Sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe: The Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe is a large-diameter, double-focusing secondary ion mass spectrometer sector instrument produced by Australian Scientific Instruments in Canberra, Australia. Like other SIMS instruments, the SHRIMP microprobe bombards a sample under vacuum with a beam of primary ions that sputters secondary ions that are focused, filtered, and measured according to their energy and mass.
  3. Shrimp is a 1999 JBF Awards nominated article by Molly Culbertson & Karen MacNeil.
  4. Shrimp is a radio spot.

Phrases with Shrimp

  1. Shrimp Eel
  2. to shrimp
  3. Bay Shrimp
  4. Dog Shrimp
  5. Iso Shrimp
  6. Red Shrimp
  7. Toy Shrimp
  8. Aviu Shrimp
  9. Bait Shrimp
  10. Bird Shrimp
  11. Blue Shrimp
  12. Clam shrimp
  13. Cock Shrimp
  14. Comb Shrimp
  15. Dock Shrimp
  16. Fine Shrimp
  17. Fire Shrimp
  18. Gray Shrimp
  19. Grey Shrimp
  20. Hoso Shrimp

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shrimp

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Google previewSpice Up Your Life (2009)

by Bindu Grandhi

Shrimp is an excellent source of selenium, which is believed to help with cancer protection. Shrimp is an unusually low fat, low-calorie protein. It is also a ...

Google previewSoaked, Slathered, and Seasoned (2009)

A Complete Guide to Flavoring Food for the Grill by Elizabeth Karmel

Makes about 2 quarts Southern pickled shrimp is the inspiration for this brine. Pickled shrimp is a specialty from the Carolina low country—where you ...

Google previewThe Oxford Companion to Food (2014)

by Alan Davidson

Potted shrimp is a delicacy in England, especially the north-west. It was well described by Dorothy Hartley (1954). Shrimp paste is also an English favourite; quite different from the fermented shrimp paste of SE Asia. See also prawns.

Google previewCenter of the Plate: Comprehensive Course Includes Little Known Industry Secrets (2014)

by Bob Oros

Imitation breaded shrimp means there is more than 50% breading. The more breading on the product, the lower the price. The price of a product is also determined by the amount of value that has been added. A butterfly breaded is shrimp split ...

Google previewNo Holds Barred Fighting (2002)

The Ultimate Guide to Submission Wrestling by Mark Hatmaker, Doug Werner

A shrimp is a defensive move that can also be used to set up offensive movements.To shrimp, you must be on your side, keeping your elbows tight to your body. Dig into the mat with both feet and extend your legs to move your hips along the ...

Google previewSecrets of Habitats (2012)

by Sean Callery

The mantis shrimp is a small seabed predator. lt spots prey with its incredible eyes, which can pick up ultraviolet light—a kind of light that is invisible to humans . The shrimp shoots out its front legs to snatch prey at lightning speed. It has the ...

Google previewI Can't Believe It's Not Fattening! (2010)

Over 150 Ridiculously Easy Recipes for the Super Busy by Devin Alexander

Shrimp is a great source of lean protein and one of the few proteins you can easily defrost in minutes and without affecting quality. Simply run the frozen shrimp under cold water until it thaws. This recipe technically makes boiled, not steamed, ...

Google previewThe Love Diet (2014)

by Shonali Sabherwal

magnesium (shrimp is an excellent source of zinc and magnesium both), B vitamins, and calcium. The reason you see Vitamin E in the Indian market as a gel–like capsule (which has the oil) is because it is a fatsoluble vitamin and requires ...

Google previewSustainable Graphic Design (2010)

Tools, Systems and Strategies for Innovative Print Design by Wendy Jedlicka

For example, a small shrimp might seem to be a likely menu item for many sea creatures; however, the cleaner shrimp is the one that does the dining. The cleaner shrimp sets up shop on a coral reef, advertises itself well as a service, and picks ...

Google previewNo Holds Barred Fighting: Takedowns (2005)

Throws, Trips, Drops and Slams for NHB Competition and Street Defense by Mark Hatmaker

A shrimp is a defensive move that can also be used to set up offensive movements.To shrimp, you must be on your side, keeping your elbows tight to your body. Dig into the mat with both feet and extend your legs to move your hips along the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Food and Drink (2014)

by John F. Mariani


Google previewEncyclopedia of toxicology (2005)

Dib-L] by Philip Wexler, Bruce D. Anderson

The Host Animal The Host Animal Depending on the geographic location, the following penaeid shrimp species have been...

Google previewThe Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia (2000)

by Vin T. Sparano

shrimp, flies, spoons, plugs Clam, crab, cut bait Bait fish, tube lures, jigs, spinners. streamer flies Sea worm, ...

Google previewThe Sleeping Dictionary (2013)

by Sujata Massey

pounds raw shrimp, 2 green chilies, seeded shelled and deveined 1 teaspoon turmeric 3 tablespoons brown powder mustard seeds 1%; cup coarse salt 1 tablespoon poppy seeds IVIarinate shrimp in ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (2010)

by Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno

Mangoes are a terrific addition to shrimp salad, too: Cut 3 ripe mangoes into cubes, 16 large shrimp into chunks, and 1 sweet red pepper into thin strips. Toss with a dressing made of 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon horseradish, a squeeze of ...

Google previewThe Family Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (2000)

by John Heinerman, Lendon H. Smith

Food Sources leafy vegetables, seaweed, fruits, nuts, cereal grains milk, cheese, yogurt, salmon, sardines, shrimp, green leafy vegetables, alfalfa, almonds, asparagus, blackstrap molasses, brewer's yeast, broccoli, cabbage, carob, collards, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Foods (2002)

A Guide to Healthy Nutrition by Experts from Dole Food Company, Experts from The Mayo Clinic, Experts from UCLA Center for H

Shrimp is the most widely consumed seafood worldwide, and it is the second most popular in the United States, after tuna. The harvest of both wild and farmed shrimp is increasing rapidly to keep pace with the soaring demand for this ...

Google previewWinston's Cumulative Loose-leaf Encyclopedia (1922)

A Comprehensive Reference Work by Thomas Edward Finegan

The common shrimp reaches a size of about -* inches, and is common on both coasts of North America and also on those of Europe. It burrows in the sand and in Europe is caught for the market by means of a bag-net placed transversely on a ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2013)

by Andrew Smith

The terms “shrimp” and “prawn” are used almost interchangeably. Americans primarily use the word “shrimp” for large and small crustaceans in the Penaeidae and Pandalidae families. Elsewhere in the world, “prawn” usually describes a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Marine Science (2009)

by C. Reid Nichols, Robert G. Williams

white shrimp, northern Panaeus setiferus White shrimp favor shallow mud, peat, clay, and ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Nutrition (2004)

by M. F. Fuller

Marine shrimp, P. japonicus do not require calcium, magnesium, iron or manganese, but do require phosphorus, potassium and trace elements in the diet . Although calcium is not an essential element, a calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:1 to 1:2 ...

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Shrimp in Baby Sign Language, ASL

Your baby can easily learn from you to sign Shrimp. Learn how to teach your baby to sign Shrimp {on the go} with ASL {without flashcards}. Post a video of your ...

Quotes about Shrimp

I think somebody should come up with a way to breed a very large shrimp. That way, you could ride him, then after you camped at night, you could eat him. How about it, science (Jack Handey)
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Scrabble value of S1H4R1I1M3P3

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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