Middle English Dictionary Entry

shrimpe n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) The European shrimp (Crangon vulgaris); (b) a scaly monster, dragon; (c) a puny person.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1400 Gloss.Bibbesw.(Paris n.a. lat.699)96/11 : Le dais que tant est rouges, Le goleis, [glossed:] schripes, et le tauntepe.
  • Note: New spelling: plural--(error) schripes
    Note: French= a kind of jelly fish. French glossed as 'crevette'?--per REL
    Note: ?shrimpe n. per REL
    Note: tauntepe = prawn; dais = dace (a type of small fish which can be one of many different species).
    Note: The form shripes may just be an error for shrimpe n. rather than some sort of jellyfish, although the Anglo- Norman Dictionary has two senses for "goleis, geleis" (using this quot.): 1. jelly-fish; 2. whelk, a marine gastropod mollusc. Also, the queried gloss 'crevette' = shrimp.--per MLL
    Note: Perhaps add to gloss in sense (a): "also, ?a jelly-fish; ?a whelk.