lobster

noun, often attributive lob·ster \ ˈläb-stər \

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

lobsterlike

play \ˈläb-stər-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of lobster in a Sentence

  1. I had lobster for dinner.

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Origin and Etymology of lobster

Middle English, from Old English loppestre, from loppe spider


LOBSTER Defined for English Language Learners

lobster

noun

Definition of lobster for English Language Learners

  • : an ocean animal that has a long body, a hard shell, and a pair of large claws and that is caught for food

  • : the meat of the lobster eaten as food


LOBSTER Defined for Kids

lobster

noun lob·ster \ ˈläb-stər \

Definition of lobster for Students

: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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