Atlantic oyster

noun

Definition of Atlantic oyster 

: eastern oyster Overfishing and pollution were almost the ruin of Atlantic oysters, so the return of healthy oyster fisheries makes the bivalve's presence at the holiday table something to celebrate.— Irene Sax, Saveur, November 2008

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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