Definition of oyster
1a : any of various marine bivalve mollusks (family Ostreidae) that have a rough irregular shell closed by a single adductor muscle and include commercially important shellfishb : any of various mollusks resembling or related to the oysters
2 : something that is or can be readily made to serve one's personal ends the world was her oyster
3 : a small mass of muscle contained in a concavity of the pelvic bone on each side of the back of a fowl
4 : an extremely taciturn person
5 : a grayish-white color
Recent Examples of oyster from the Web
Crispy avocado samosas, oysters on the half shell, and tater-tots smothered with cheddar cheese.
The fourth pilot will further the port’s aquaculture ambitions to grow oysters in the bay.
The menu also includes calamari, oyster, shrimp and fish tempuras, swordfish burgers, tacos, classic shrimp cocktails, Newport clam chowder, ahi poke (a Hawaiian fish salad), Lomi Lomi salmon poke and more.
Some have questioned its impact on bay life, including shrimp and oysters, while others have blamed the channel and the Corps' handling of dredge spoil for erosion of Dauphin Island's beaches.
The khao poon is a fiery Lao-style curry tamed by peanuts, while the noodle fave kuai tiao is homey Thai all the way: noodles, crispy garlic, oyster sauce, and chili jam.
Some craft brewers have indeed tested the limits of what may reasonably be called a beer (now liable to include avocados or oysters).
Healthy marshes and oyster and coral reefs provide some of the best habitats for fish throughout much of their life cycle.
For those looking for items from the Gulf of Mexico, Big Mike's offers several seafood selections including oysters.
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OYSTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oyster for English Language Learners
: a type of shellfish that has a rough shell with two parts and that is eaten both cooked and raw
OYSTER Defined for Kids
Definition of oyster for Students
: a shellfish that lives on stony bottoms (oyster beds) in shallow seawater, has a rough grayish shell made up of two hinged parts, and is often used for food
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