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 lobsterlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lobster in a Sentence

I had lobster for dinner.

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Separately, the lobster tasted much like coconut shrimp; the Cheddar Bay waffle could have been mistaken for a Costco Asiago bagel. Jordan Lebeau, New York Times, "Red Lobster and Waffles," 12 May 2018 The lobsters have already started migrating farther north into Canadian territories. Ben Adler, Marie Claire, "Meet Meteorologist Kait Parker: The Woman Debunking Fake News Surrounding Climate Change," 27 July 2017 The town newspaper, The Placencia Breeze, gives an impression of current concerns, advertising the chocolate festival (May), a birding festival (October), and the big one, the lobster festival in June. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 The octopus emoji only has four arms, for example, while an earlier form of the lobster emoji only featured six legs instead of the anatomically correct eight. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Monterey Bay Aquarium takes Apple to task for its backward squid emoji," 5 Dec. 2018 Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine currently offers its lobsters steamed or boiled. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Maine restaurant to get lobsters high off marijuana smoke before killing them: 'It is more humane'," 18 Sep. 2018 That could hurt fisheries workers in Alaska and lobster harvesters in Maine. David Pan, USA TODAY, "China's tariffs will hit farm states hard, spare service-heavy states," 10 July 2018 Using a brush, paint melted garlic butter onto the lobster meat. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "3 Fancy But Easy BBQ Recipes to Grill Before Summer Is Over," 30 Aug. 2018 As for animals, users will now have the option to communicate with a peacock, lobster, kangaroo, and parrot. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Here's Your First Look at Apple's New Emoji Additions," 16 July 2018

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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


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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