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

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Other Words from lobster

lobsterlike \ˈläb-stər-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of lobster in a Sentence

I had lobster for dinner.

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Image Like clam chowder, lobster rolls come with regional allegiances. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Simple Way to Settle a Great Debate," 2 July 2018 Selections include the spicy avocado roll; crunchy shrimp roll; and the lobster tobanjan, with jicama, mango, Fresno chiles and soy paper. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 Most of lobsterman Justin Papkee’s day is spent throwing lobsters back into the ocean. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Maine lobstermen, conservation and success go hand in hand," 25 June 2018 The lobster roll also was a winner, well-stuffed with firm, tasty bites of the shellfish, sensibly dressed and seasoned. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Festive drinks, fetching views give food a boost at 16 on the Park," 3 May 2018 The extensive menu includes large burgers that will sell for about $12, and lobster rolls at $16. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Silverspot Cinema promises all-new theater experience at Orange's Pinecrest; developemnt nearing opening," 17 Apr. 2018 Octopuses, lobsters and horseshoe crabs use hemocyanin, which means blue blood. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Green-Blooded Lizards Live With a Pigment That Should Kill Them," 20 May 2018 People can be allergic to any food, but eight foods cause most food allergy reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts and almonds), wheat, soy, fish and shellfish (such as lobster and shrimp). Gary Kleiner, M.d., Ph.d., miamiherald, "Children’s food allergies can be minor — or life threatening | Miami Herald," 27 Mar. 2018 Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp, grilled Angus beef and chocolate souffle with cherry vanilla ice cream were on the menu. Sprays of roses in shades of pink, cream and melon spruced up Statuary Hall, the otherwise drab venue. Darlene Superville, ELLE Decor, "Meet The Trump Staffer Behind The White House Easter Egg Roll," 17 Apr. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of lobster

: 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


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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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