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

  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,
     To contract; to shrink. [Obs.]
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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
            [1913 Webster]
     2. Figuratively, a little wrinkled man; a dwarf; -- in
        [1913 Webster]
              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.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: disparaging terms for small people [syn: runt, shrimp,
           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
      v 1: fish for shrimp

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  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,

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