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 for Opossum shrimp
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrimp \Shrimp\, n. [OE. shrimp; -- probably so named from its
     shriveled appearance. See Shrimp, v.]
     1. (Zool.)
        (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.
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     2. Figuratively, a little wrinkled man; a dwarf; -- in
        contempt.
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              This weak and writhled shrimp.        --Shak.
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     Opossum shrimp. (Zool.) See under Opossum.
  
     Spector shrimp, or Skeleton shrimp (Zool.), any slender
        amphipod crustacean of the genus Caprella and allied
        genera. See Illust. under Laemodopoda.
  
     Shrimp+catcher+(Zool.),+the+little+tern+({Sterna+minuta">Shrimp catcher (Zool.), the little tern ({Sterna minuta).
        
  
     Shrimp net, a dredge net fixed upon a pole, or a sweep net
        dragged over the fishing ground.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Opossum \O*pos"sum\, n. [Of N. American Indian origin.] (Zool.)
     Any American marsupial of the genera Didelphys and
     Chironectes; called also possum. The common species of
     the United States is Didelphys Virginiana.
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     Note: Several related species are found in South America. The
           water opossum of Brazil ({Chironectes variegatus),
           which has the hind feet, webbed, is provided with a
           marsupial pouch and with cheek pouches. It is called
           also yapock.
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     Opossum mouse. (Zool.) See Flying mouse, under Flying.
        
  
     Opossum shrimp (Zool.), any schizopod crustacean of the
        genus Mysis and allied genera. See Schizopoda.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  opossum shrimp
      n 1: shrimp-like crustaceans whose females carry eggs and young
           in a pouch between the legs

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