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 for Skeleton 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 :

  Skeleton \Skel"e*ton\, a.
     Consisting of, or resembling, a skeleton; consisting merely
     of the framework or outlines; having only certain leading
     features of anything; as, a skeleton sermon; a skeleton
     crystal.
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     Skeleton bill, a bill or draft made out in blank as to the
        amount or payee, but signed by the acceptor. [Eng.]
  
     Skeleton key, a key with nearly the whole substance of the
        web filed away, to adapt it to avoid the wards of a lock;
        a master key; -- used for opening locks to which it has
        not been especially fitted.
  
     Skeleton leaf, a leaf from which the pulpy part has been
        removed by chemical means, the fibrous part alone
        remaining.
  
     Skeleton proof, a proof of a print or engraving, with the
        inscription outlined in hair strokes only, such proofs
        being taken before the engraving is finished.
  
     Skeleton regiment, a regiment which has its complement of
        officers, but in which there are few enlisted men.
  
     Skeleton shrimp (Zool.), a small crustacean of the genus
        Caprella. See Illust. under Laemodipoda.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  skeleton shrimp
      n 1: small amphipod crustacean having a grotesque form
           suggestive of the praying mantis; found chiefly on seaweed

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