plural noun Os·tre·i·dae \äˈstrēəˌdē\

Definition of Ostreidae

  1. :  a family of bivalve mollusks (suborder Ostraeacea) being usually attached by the lower valve and including the common edible oysters

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Origin and Etymology of ostreidae

New Latin, from Ostrea, type genus + -idae

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