eastern oyster

noun
variants: or Eastern oyster

Definition of eastern oyster

:a commercially important edible oyster (Crassostrea virginica) that occurs along the eastern coast of North America from Prince Edward Island to the Gulf of Mexico
  • Eastern oysters tend to be milder than those farmed from the West Coast, although their taste and texture vary with location.
  • —Francine MaroukianEsquireFebruary 2007
  • Everywhere eastern oysters grow, from the salty Chincoteagues of Virginia's Eastern Shore to the Apalachicolas harvested in Big Bayou along Florida's Gulf Coast Panhandle, they take on a flavor unique to their habitat.
  • —Molly Murray, News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware)18 July 2010
called also American oyster, Atlantic oyster, Virginia oyster

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First Known Use of eastern oyster

1871


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