Shrimp vs Lobster - What's the difference?

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Shrimp is a see also of lobster.

As nouns the difference between shrimp and lobster

is that shrimp is any of many swimming, often edible crustaceans, with slender legs, long whiskers and long abdomens while lobster is a crustacean of the nephropidae family, normally red in colour, with claws, which is used as an expensive seafood.

As verbs the difference between shrimp and lobster

is that shrimp is to fish for shrimp or shrimp can be to contract; to shrink while lobster is to fish for lobsters.

As a adjective lobster is

red-colored, especially from a sunburn.

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(wikipedia shrimp)

Etymology 1

From Middle English ).


  • Any of many swimming, often edible crustaceans, chiefly of the infraorder Caridea or the suborder Dendrobranchiata, with slender legs, long whiskers and a long abdomen.
  • * 1851 , "A Lady of Charleston" (Sarah Rutledge), The Carolina Housewife , 2013, unnumbered page,
  • Butter well a deep dish, upon which place a thick layer of pounded biscuit; having picked and boiled your shrimps', put them upon the biscuit; a layer of ' shrimps , with small pieces of butter, a little pepper, mace or nutmeg.
  • * 1998 , Claude E. Boyd, Pond Aquaculture Water Quality Management , page 605,
  • Shrimp' farming is in its infancy in Africa. but Asia has most of the world's ' shrimp farms.
  • * 2011 , Will Holtham, Home Port Cookbook: Beloved Recipes from Martha's Vineyard , page 142,
  • America's favorite seafood, shrimp' has always been a big seller at the Home Port. On any given day, we usually served around 40 to 50 pounds of ' shrimp .
  • * 2004 , Gary C. B. Poore, Shane T. Ahyong, Marine Decapod Crustacea of Southern Australia: A Guide to Identification , page 145,
  • Most shrimps' belong to one of several families of the Infraorder Caridea (Chapter 4). However, coral ' shrimps and Venus shrimps are so different from the rest that a separate infraorder is warranted.
  • (uncountable) The flesh of such crustaceans.
  • (slang) A small, puny or unimportant person.
  • Synonyms


    (en verb)
  • To fish for shrimp .
  • * 1986 , The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America , page 454,
  • Fishing, shrimping and crabbing are permitted on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:.
  • * 1996 , Anthony V. Margavio, Caught in the Net: The Conflict Between Shrimpers and Conservationists , page 24,
  • Although the line is not always sharply drawn, offshore shrimping' and inshore ' shrimping require different strategies.
  • * 2007 , Jerry Wayne Caines, A Caines Family Tradition: A Native Son's Story of Fishing, Hunting and Duck Decoys in the Lowcountry , page 86,
  • There were times we shrimped' in the same boat due to breakdowns and such, but for the most part we each had our own separate boat. We started out using outboard motor boats. However, ' shrimping with an outboard is pretty hard.

    Etymology 2

    Compare (etyl) , (etyl) schrumpfen.




    (en adjective)
  • red-colored, especially from a sunburn.
  • Noun

  • A crustacean of the family, dark green or blue-black in colour turning bright red when cooked, with a hard shell and claws, which is used as a seafood.
  • A crustacean of the Palinuridae family, pinkish red in colour, with a hard, spiny shell but no claws, which is used as a seafood.
  • (historical) A soldier or officer of the imperial British Army (due to their red or scarlet uniform).
  • (slang) An Australian twenty dollar note, due to its reddish-orange colour.
  • Synonyms

    * (British soldier ) lobsterback, redcoat


    * (crustacean in Palinuridae) cray, langouste, spiny lobster, rock lobster

    Derived terms

    * bight lobster * furry lobster * globster * lobsterback * lobster caterpillar * lobsterer * lobsterette * lobsterish * lobsterlike * lobster louse * lobsterman * lobster pot * lobster pound * lobster shift * lobster thermidor * lobstery * Norway lobster * reef lobster * rock lobster * slipper lobster * spiny lobster * squat lobster * true lobster

    See also

    * crawfish * crayfish * prawn * shrimp * yabby * (pedia)


    (en verb)
  • To fish for lobsters.
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