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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Maine, a slow-growing state known for lobsters and long winters, has for years looked to immigrants to boost the workforce and population. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Maine’s Largest City Strains Under Asylum-Seeker Influx," 27 Jan. 2019 As for the lobsters that survived, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is working with local fishermen to save them, holding the creatures in tanks until the weather improves and they can be returned to the sea. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Tens of Thousands of Sea Creatures Wash Up on UK Shores Following Freezing Weather," 8 Mar. 2018 Monk seals dine on nearly the entire buffet of foods offered in the mid-Pacific Ocean, from octopus to eel to lobster to benthic fish, any of which could be infected. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 Warm chunks of lobster are layered over a traditional nacho plate of tortilla chips, chipotle crema, melted aged cheddar and Oaxacan cheeses, black beans and salsa. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "15 must-try foods at Disneyland and Disney California parks this summer," 13 June 2018 Weekends have him in the throes of the boil, serving up hundreds of these little sisters to lobsters (on a good patio day) to a growing group of fans from Fort Worth and beyond. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Crawfish crawl reveals a surprise near the heart of Fort Worth, and other 'fish in the sea' | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 Apr. 2018 The 36 topping options range from goat cheese to lobster and will run you $6.75 for a pound—yes, a pound—or $8.25 for two pounds, according to Time Out. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "A build-your-own mac and cheese spot hits Rogers Park on Friday," 17 May 2017 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

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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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