Definition of shrimp noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃrɪmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃrɪmp//
    (pl. shrimps, shrimp) Invertebrates
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  1. 1a small shellfish that can be eaten, like a prawn but smaller. Shrimps turn pink when cooked. See related entries: Invertebrates
  2. 2(North American English) = prawn grilled shrimp
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: probably related to Middle Low German schrempen ‘to wrinkle’, Middle High German schrimpfen ‘to contract’, also to scrimp.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shrimp

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