lobster claw


plural lobster claws
: the claw of a lobster
The razzle-dazzle is in the taste—the sweetness of a lobster claw with roasted asparagus …Caroline Bates
The east end of New York's Long Island juts into the Atlantic just off the Connecticut coastline like a giant lobster claw.Roger Morris
: something (such as a device) resembling a lobster claw in form or function
Hydraulic jacks level the structure on the seabed, the floor closes up, the lobster claws grip the pipe and align it …A. Alvarez
Each person on the course uses a harness. A rope with a "lobster claw" is hooked to a safety wire at all times.Algis J. Laukaitis
sometimes used before another noun
Participants will create a crystal beaded anklet with sterling silver lobster claw clasp.Indianapolis (Indiana) Star
: any of several ornamental heliconias
especially : one (Heliconia rostrata) that has long hanging flower clusters bearing flowers enclosed in large bright red bracts tipped in yellow and green
One of the more controllable heliconias, the dwarf form of lobster claw has the right scale for small gardens while producing a classic pendant inflorescence in green, yellow and red. The Miami (Florida) Herald
: hanging lobster claw

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Combined in an attempt to provide the best of both worlds, these mittens (also known as trigger mittens or lobster claw gloves) keep you warmer than a traditional glove and provide more freedom of movement than a classic mitten. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 5 Jan. 2023 That is until Luke’s Lobster’s lobster rolls arrived in 2009 – simple buns with a touch of mayo, a few spices and a quarter-pound of high-quality Maine lobster claw meat. Cindy Augustine, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lobster claw was in 1659

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Cite this Entry

“Lobster claw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobster%20claw. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Medical Definition

lobster claw

lob·​ster claw ˈläb-stər-ˌklȯ How to pronounce lobster claw (audio)
: ectrodactyly that is marked by one or more missing or underdeveloped middle digits with cleaving of the hand or foot into two segments and syndactyly of the remaining digits
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