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noun\ˈshrimp, especially Southernˈsrimp\
: a small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food
: a very small or unimportant person
Full Definition of SHRIMP
: any of numerous mostly small and marine decapod crustaceans (suborders Dendrobranchiata and Pleocyemata) having a slender elongated body, a compressed abdomen, and a long spiny rostrum and including some (especially family Penaeidae) that are commercially important as food; also: a small crustacean (as an amphipod or a branchiopod) resembling the true shrimps
Peneus setiferus, an edible shrimp—Marineland of Florida
Any of approximately 2,000 decapod species (suborder Natantia) having a semitransparent body flattened from side to side and a flexible abdomen terminating in a fanlike tail. The appendages are modified for swimming, and the antennae are long and whiplike. Shrimps occur in shallow and deep ocean waters and in lakes and streams. Species range from less than an inch (a few millimeters) to about 8 in. (20 cm) long. Larger species are often called prawns. Shrimps swim backward by rapidly flexing the abdomen and tail. They eat small plants and animals; some species eat carrion. Many species are commercially important as food. See alsofairy shrimp.