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noun [C or U] (ANIMAL)    /ʃrɪmp/ (plural shrimps or shrimp) (UK also prawn)
B1 a small sea creature with a thin shell , ten legs , and a long tail , or its flesh eaten as food : shrimp paste Fish and seafoodSea fishFreshwater fishSea creaturesSea fish
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