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.
Recent Examples on the Web Now called Treats Food Hall, the eatery sells lobster rolls, Cuban food and pizza. New York Times, "Dying Malls? This One Has Found a Way to Thrive," 14 Jan. 2020 My favorite was the fresh lobster prepared with coconut milk, curry, and spicy chiles. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: Unplug From It All In Fiji," 8 Nov. 2019 Apple and the Unicode Consortium, the company in charge of emoji design and development, faced similar criticism with the original launch of the lobster emoji. Nadia Suleman, Time, "Apple Teases 230 New Emoji in Celebration of World Emoji Day," 17 July 2019 This is Bostonian lobster at its purest expression. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 Twenty-six vendors will serve a wide range including lobster rolls, tacos and poké bowls. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most exciting Indianapolis restaurants opening in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 Maine Shack makes lobster rolls in five varieties, and alongside the main attraction, sells whole belly clams and chowdah, pronounced like that. Josie Sexton, The Know, "The biggest Denver restaurant trends of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 There were definitely deer, likely lobsters and fish, and some sort of wild fowl—maybe geese, ducks, turkey, or all of the above. Brian Skerry, National Geographic, "How did we save wild turkeys?," 28 Nov. 2019 The Benedicts also are popular, whether the traditional poached egg variety with an Egyptian flavor twist ($13) or the surf and turf combo with lobster and short ribs. BostonGlobe.com, "Breakfast, brunch, and lunch get ‘yazzed up’ in Abington - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lobster.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobsterlike?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=lobste02. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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