oyster bed


Definition of oyster bed

: a place where oysters grow or are cultivated

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Recent Examples on the Web Additional reefs would be built in other public oyster grounds where conditions are suitable for growing oysters, but where substrate cultch — the stone, shells and other material that makes up an oyster bed — does not exist. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Oyster bed restoration, marine mammal stranding response gets $28.7 million in BP spill money," 9 Aug. 2020 Before pollution from industrialization nearly wiped them out, oyster beds—comprising trillions of oysters—covered as many as 200,000 acres in New York Harbor, and New York City was the world’s oyster culture epicenter. Outside Online, "The Scotch Whisky Brand Helping to Restore Oyster Reefs," 27 Apr. 2020 From oyster bed restoration projects to the increase in marine protected areas, conservation efforts are growing worldwide. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Hawaii’s state bird makes a comeback, and more," 17 Apr. 2020 One is a program to elevate oyster beds, protecting them from low-oxygen conditions along the bottom. al, "Alabama oyster harvesters back at work after lost year," 3 Jan. 2020 Heavy flooding by the Mississippi River earlier this year, along with other extreme weather around the U.S., is wreaking havoc on oyster beds along the Gulf of Mexico and pushing up prices for the delicacy. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Oyster shortages loom after record floods: "Never been this bad"," 22 Oct. 2019 The decrease in the water's salinity around Louisiana oyster beds proved deadly for many of the shellfish. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Oyster shortages loom after record floods: "Never been this bad"," 22 Oct. 2019 Signature projects already underway range from creating floodable parks to using oyster beds as a kind of natural breakwater. Anthony Flint, BostonGlobe.com, "Tired of waiting for national push, a buzzing hive of climate resilience innovators is at work in Boston," 8 Aug. 2019 There are long, straight roads everywhere else, with views of oyster beds, grazing cows, and the sea. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: Speeding Through the French Countryside in the Audi A8," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of oyster bed

1591, in the meaning defined above

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“Oyster bed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oyster%20bed. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oyster bed

: a place in the ocean where oysters grow

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