Olympia oyster


Olym·​pia oyster ə-ˈlim-pē-ə- How to pronounce Olympia oyster (audio)
: a small flavorful native oyster (Ostrea lurida) of the Puget Sound area of the Pacific coast of North America

called also Olympia

also : a related oyster (Ostrea conchaphila) of the Pacific coast of Mexico

Examples of Olympia oyster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Olympia oyster was once a common sight locally, but its fortunes declined along with the health of Bay Area waters. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, 5 Oct. 2020

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Word History


Olympia, Washington

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Olympia oyster was in 1908

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“Olympia oyster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Olympia%20oyster. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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