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▪ I can even find potted shrimps when the wind's in the right direction.
▪ The grill had mutton chops and mash; the buffet ran things like smoked salmon, potted shrimps and corned ox tongue.
▪ The servants had unpacked the picnic hampers, filling the sacred grove with roasted chickens, quails, and potted shrimps.
▪ During the evening the females are placed in the aquarium, after which some brine shrimp and sifted Daphnia are added.
▪ It feeds well on the live brine shrimp but will accept other foods such as beef, shrimp, and scallops.
▪ The fry grew rapidly on a diet of brine shrimp and Liquifry.
▪ Their favorite food is live adult brine shrimp, and this should be fed if at all possible.
▪ After a week the fry took Brine shrimp nauplii.
▪ Any water removed can be settled out and used for hatching out brine shrimp.
▪ He feeds them on newly-hatched brine shrimp right from the start and achieves a size of half an inch within a month.
▪ Small Heniochus will eat both live and frozen brine shrimp and can be coaxed to take dried food.
Add pork and stir-fry until meat is white, 1 to 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook another 1-2 minutes.
Add bean sprouts and cook another half minute. Add pork, shrimp, salt, soy, sherry and heat through.
▪ Stir well. Add rice and then shrimp and stir.
▪ Saute garlic and onion until onion is translucent. Add shrimp, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
▪ Sometimes that involves merely adding grilled chicken or shrimp to the salad.
▪ And if in turn you ate the shrimp did that technically make you into a cannibal?
▪ It prefers live fishes, but it can be induced to eat cut fish and shrimp.
▪ These are complete miniatures of the parents and will soon busily be eating brine shrimp.
▪ Chunks of frozen brine shrimp or a pile of ground beef will be greedily attacked.
▪ Either live or frozen adult shrimp is good table fare for this fish.
▪ Small Heniochus will eat both live and frozen brine shrimp and can be coaxed to take dried food.
▪ These fishes enjoy both live and frozen adult brine shrimp and seem to subsist very well on this diet.
▪ There are occasional quick sales of perishable goods, such as garlic and frozen shrimp.
▪ Feedings with live and frozen brine shrimp should be alternated with chopped clams and shrimp and a good dried food mix.
▪ Together we dissected the organs from frozen shrimp under the surreal conditions of a red-lit laboratory.
▪ They eagerly take live and frozen brine shrimp and will adapt to cut food such as chopped shrimp and clams.
▪ A mixture of flake, beef heart, spinach and shrimp pellets were used.
▪ Brine shrimp, which are eaten by birds and ducks, hatch in the ponds.
▪ I can even find potted shrimps when the wind's in the right direction.
▪ In some fish, shrimp, and reptiles, gender is determined by the temperature at which the egg is incubated.
▪ The grill had mutton chops and mash; the buffet ran things like smoked salmon, potted shrimps and corned ox tongue.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Shrimp \Shrimp\, n. [OE. shrimp; -- probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See Shrimp, v.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. 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.

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

    3. 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.

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

    This weak and writhled shrimp.

    Opossum shrimp. (Zo["o]l.) See under Opossum.

    Spector shrimp, or Skeleton shrimp (Zo["o]l.), any slender amphipod crustacean of the genus Caprella and allied genera. See Illust. under L[ae]modopoda.

    Shrimp catcher (Zo["o]l.), the little tern ( Sterna minuta).

    Shrimp net, a dredge net fixed upon a pole, or a sweep net dragged over the fishing ground.


Shrimp \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. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "slender, edible marine crustacean," probably from Old Norse skreppa "thin person," from Proto-Germanic *skrimp- (see scrimp). Related to Old English scrimman "to shrink;" the connecting notion is probably "thinness" (compare Danish dialectal skrimpe "thin cattle"). The meaning "puny person" in English is attested from late 14c.; an especially puny one might be a shrimplet (1680s).


"fish for shrimp," 1801 (implied in shrimping ), from shrimp (n.). Related: Shrimper (1808).


Etymology 1 n. 1 Any of many swimming, often edible crustaceans, chiefly of the infraorder Caridea or the suborder Dendrobranchiata, with slender legs, long whiskers and a long abdomen. 2 (context uncountable English) The flesh of such crustaceans. 3 (context slang English) A small, puny or unimportant person. vb. (context intransitive English) To fish for '''shrimp'''. Etymology 2

vb. To contract; to shrink.


v. fish for shrimp

  1. n. disparaging terms for small people [syn: runt, peewee, half-pint]

  2. any of various edible decapod crustaceans [syn: prawn]

  3. small slender-bodied chiefly marine decapod crustaceans with a long tail and single pair of pincers; many species are edible

Shrimp (disambiguation)

Shrimp are stalk-eyed swimming crustaceans.

Shrimp can also refer to:


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 – most commonly 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 ( abdomens), long whiskers ( antennae), and slender legs. They swim forward 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.

Shrimp are widespread and abundant. They can be found feeding near the seafloor on most coasts and estuaries, as well as in rivers and lakes. To escape predators, some species flip off the seafloor and dive into the sediment. They usually live from one to seven years. Shrimp are often solitary, though they can form large schools during the spawning season. There are thousands of species, and usually there is a species adapted to any particular habitat. Any small crustacean which resembles a shrimp tends to be called one.

They play important roles in the food chain and are an important food source for larger animals ranging from fish to whales. The muscular tails of many shrimp are edible to humans, and they are widely caught and farmed for human consumption. Commercial shrimp species support an industry worth 50 billion dollars a year, and in 2010 the total commercial production of shrimp was nearly 7 million tonnes. Shrimp farming became more prevalent during the 1980s, particularly in China, and by 2007 the harvest from shrimp farms exceeded the capture of wild shrimp. There are significant issues with excessive bycatch when shrimp are captured in the wild, and with pollution damage done to estuaries when they are used to support shrimp farming. Many shrimp species are small as the term shrimp suggests, about long, but some shrimp exceed . Larger shrimp are more likely to be targeted commercially, and are often referred to as prawns, particularly in Britain.

Usage examples of "shrimp".

Tandoor in Cleveland, in the torpid afterglow of Jhinga Biryani, lightly spiced rice and shrimp, Baigan Bharta, rich and pungent roasted eggplant, Palak Raita, a spinach and yogurt condiment that cools the palate, and the wondrous Indian bread naan.

Remove the shrimp paste with a slotted spoon to a mortar, blender, or food processor.

Allow to cook until lightly browned, then remove to a food processor, blender, or heavy mortar, and blend with the dried shrimp to a smooth paste.

They were halfway through their entree, Lo Manto savoring a mixed grill of squid, shrimp, scallops, eel, clams, and mussels and a large tomato and red onion salad while Felipe devoured a steak pizza iola garlic mashed potatoes, and a side of marinated eggplant.

He examined it closely and thought he could discern, beneath the military crest, an overpainted picture of a bottle of sauce being upended on a plate of shrimps.

When she had finished that chore he asked her to serve the cold breast of chicken and huge boiled shrimp in their shells, and to see that the pasteries and nougat confections were evenly divided.

Milton oyster, the plaice sound and firm, the flounder as much alive as when in the water, the shrimp as big as a prawn, the fine cod alive but a few hours ago, or any other of the various treasures which those water-deities who fish the sea and rivers have committed to the care of the nymphs, the angry Naiades lift up their immortal voices, and the prophane wretch is struck deaf for his impiety.

The roof was hung with hams and polonies and sausages, there were barrels of pickled meats, stacks of fat round cheeses, cases of Hansa beer, cases of cognac, pyramids of canned truffles, asparagus tips, shrimps, mushrooms, olives in oil, and other rarities.

She moved to strip protection for the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreational Area near San Diego, as well as hundreds of thousands of acres in the Southwest that are home to the arroyo toad, the fairy shrimp, the endangered Quino checkerspot butterfly, and dozens of rare desert plants.

Sometimes I was shrimp and he was the shrimpy taste of me on his tongue.

Inroads had been made on the Italian shrimp salad with oranges and herbed orzo, but the chocolate-walnut torte had only one bite taken from it.

On the eighteenth of September the fare had consisted of turtle soup, sauteed shrimp and mushrooms, grilled tournedos of beef, roasted guinea hen, rice and gravy, fresh green beans, with jam crepes and berry cobbler for dessert.

But while he debated the unswallowed part of the shrimp grew perceptibly smaller.

I went and bought two steaks as thick as my fist, frozen shrimp, cocktail sauce, an orchid with funny grey petals edged with green, a bandanna with a pattern of dice all adding up to seven or eleven, gin and vermouth, both imported, and a vast silly shoulder bag of woven green straw.

Eating great food, tropical shrimp ceviche, rare ahi tuna, butternut squash enchiladas.