Prawns and Shrimp

Prawns

Prawn is a common name for large swimming crustaceans, particularly in Britain and Commonwealth nations, and are also called shrimp.

Shrimp \Shrimp\, n. [OE. shrimp; -- probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See {Shrimp}, v.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) 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}. (b) In a more general sense, any species of the macruran tribe {Caridea}, or any species of the order Schizopoda, having a similar form. (c) 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}. [1913 Webster] 2. Figuratively, a little wrinkled man; a dwarf; -- in contempt. [1913 Webster] This weak and writhled shrimp. --Shak. [1913 Webster] {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. [1913 Webster]

Shrimp

The term shrimp is used to refer to some decapod crustaceans, although the exact animals covered can vary.

shrimp n 1: 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 v : fish for shrimp

116 Moby Thesaurus words for "shrimp": Chilopoda, Chordata, Dungeness crab, Echiuroidea, Ectoprocta, Entoprocta, Japanese crab, Lilliputian, Monoplacophora, Nemertinea, Phoronidea, Tom Thumb, a nobody, a nothing, angle, bait the hook, bantam, banty, blue point, bob, brownie, button, chit, cipher, clam, common man, coquillage, crab, crawdad, crawfish, crayfish, dap, dib, dibble, diminutive, drive, dummy, dwarf, elf, featherweight, figurehead, fingerling, fish, fly-fish, gig, gnome, go fishing, grig, guddle, homunculus, insignificancy, jack, jacklight, jackstraw, jig, langouste, lightweight, limpet, little fellow, little guy, littleneck clam, lobster, man of straw, manikin, mediocrity, midge, midget, mini, minikin, minnow, minny, mouse, mussel, nebbish, net, nobody one knows, nonentity, nubbin, obscurity, oyster, peewee, periwinkle, pip-squeak, pony, prawn, punk, pygmy, quahog, runt, scallop, scrub, seine, shellfish, slip, small fry, small potato, small potatoes, snail, snip, snippet, soft-shell crab, spin, squirt, squit, steamer, still-fish, tit, torch, trawl, troll, wart, whale, whelk, whiffet, whippersnapper, wisp

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.] [1913 Webster]

Shrimp \Shrimp\, n. [OE. shrimp; -- probably so named from its shriveled appearance. See {Shrimp}, v.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) 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}. (b) In a more general sense, any species of the macruran tribe {Caridea}, or any species of the order Schizopoda, having a similar form. (c) 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}. [1913 Webster] 2. Figuratively, a little wrinkled man; a dwarf; -- in contempt. [1913 Webster] This weak and writhled shrimp. --Shak. [1913 Webster] {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. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • prawns: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • shrimp: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • shrimp: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • shrimp: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • shrimp: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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