noun, often attributive
lob·​ster | \ ˈläb-stər How to pronounce lobster (audio) \

Definition of lobster

1 : any of a family (Nephropidae and especially Homarus americanus) of large edible marine decapod crustaceans that have stalked eyes, a pair of large claws, and a long abdomen and that include species from coasts on both sides of the North Atlantic and from the Cape of Good Hope

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Other Words from lobster

lobsterlike \ ˈläb-​stər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lobster (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lobster in a Sentence

I had lobster for dinner.
Recent Examples on the Web Don't miss the lobster salad, which has been priced at $100 per pound for about the last decade. Jessica Flint, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Two men died while out on the waters off the Florida Keys on Wednesday, the first day of this year’s lobster miniseason. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 27 July 2022 There’s lobster rangoon dip with friend wontons, ahi tuna tacos with mango, avacado and cilantro, and pretzel flats in cheese, buffalo chicken, caprese, and more. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 27 July 2022 Commonly paired in many Latin cuisines, briny rich seafood — in this case, lobster — goes wonderfully with creamy potatoes in this salad, invigorated by a tart, creamy green goddess-style dressing. Ben Mimscooking Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2022 They’ll be paired with food items that include lobster mango fritters, kalua pork tostones, Hawaiian lamb chops pupu and shrimp and scallop spring rolls. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2022 From jalapeño creamed corn to lobster cobb salad, Hayden serves up fresh summer meals all season. Antonia Debianchi, PEOPLE.com, 19 July 2022 There’s lobster with chayote and summer peppers and okra and lip-puckering preserved lime too. Mehr Singh, Bon Appétit, 18 July 2022 Schiaparelli was behind the iconic lobster dress as well as a number of other madcap garments, including a hat shaped like a hand, a frock covered in seed packets, and a long black skeleton gown with rib-like padding. Katy Kelleher, refinery29.com, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lobster

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lobster

Middle English, from Old English loppestre, from loppe spider

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“Lobster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobster. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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lob·​ster | \ ˈläb-stər How to pronounce lobster (audio) \

Kids Definition of lobster

: a large edible sea animal that is a crustacean with five pairs of legs of which the first pair usually has large claws

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