oyster bed


Definition of oyster bed 

: a place where oysters grow or are cultivated

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Above, in the shallow waters of the sea, oyster beds have yielded pearls since antiquity. The Economist, "From pearls to black goldHow oil transformed the Gulf," 21 June 2018 At the time, the city’s waterfront had lost the natural oyster beds that once cultivated city harbors and provided a natural way to dispense wave forces. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "NatureStructure looks at how engineers and architects can work with, rather than against, the natural world.," 11 May 2018 Officials opened two spillways in Louisiana to protect New Orleans and Baton Rouge, sacrificing farms and coastal oyster beds. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, "Taming the Mighty Mississippi May Have Caused Bigger Floods," 10 Apr. 2018 The local fisheries and oyster beds are still thriving. Amor Towles, New York Times, "In ‘Manhattan Beach,’ Jennifer Egan Sets a Crime Story on the Waterfront," 3 Oct. 2017 Other ideas include erecting breakwaters around Staten Island that would double as oyster beds, and reconfiguring the Meadowlands, the polluted wetlands of urban New Jersey, with berms and marshes. Washington Post, "5 years after Superstorm Sandy, the lessons haven’t sunk in," 27 Oct. 2017 Releases in the summer of 2016 left the Treasure Coast coated with slimy, smelly algae and killed oyster beds and seagrass in the Caloosahatchee. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Irma is long gone, but South Florida’s watery wilderness is still feeling the pain," 20 Oct. 2017 One area of special concern is the rich oyster beds of Galveston Bay. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, "During Storms, Most Animals Take Shelter. But Some Birds Take Flight.," 13 Oct. 2017 The unsavory nature of the New York waterways has been an integral part of American urban lore since the 1920s, when industry closed the estuary’s many oyster beds, floating swimming pools and bathhouses. Gina Levay, Smithsonian, "How New York City Is Rediscovering Its Maritime Spirit," 29 May 2017

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1591, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of oyster bed

: a place in the ocean where oysters grow

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