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 The event, normally held each August in Rockland, features multiple attractions and serves up tens of thousands of pounds of lobster. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Music festivals, Opening Day, casino clinics: News from around our 50 states," 1 Apr. 2021 Tavernatta also makes a tagliatelle with Maine lobster. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Denver Travel Guide," 25 Feb. 2021 Admittedly, the seafood in the suds remains mostly in the background, though a bit of brine emerges on the palate, but still – making a beer with lobster? Marc Bona, cleveland, "2020’s biggest beer stories in Northeast Ohio," 28 Dec. 2020 The shellfish selection is strong, from crab legs to lobster. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Online Seafood Buying Guide: Where the Chefs Shop," 10 Dec. 2020 After college, Tosti di Valminuta came to New York and worked various jobs, all the while cooking for friends (often spaghetti with lobster) in her tiny studio apartment and longing for her own restaurant. New York Times, "The Empress of East Second Street," 3 Dec. 2020 The descendants of those British sailors and a smattering of others over the years populate the island, keeping sheep, growing potatoes, and fishing for lobster. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "New Atlantic marine sanctuary will be one of world's largest," 12 Nov. 2020 Brunch items range from New England Benedict with lobster to chilaquiles and a bagel board. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "The Sporting Club set to open on Washington Avenue," 21 Oct. 2020 In less than a year, the Corvette will turn 30, shedding its 20-year old chassis and 15-year old body like a lobster in molting season. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1962 Chevrolet Corvette vs 1982 Chevrolet Corvette," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of lobster was before the 12th century

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8 May 2021

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“Lobster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobster. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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