oyster bed


Definition of oyster bed

: a place where oysters grow or are cultivated

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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 The oysters are part of a plan to create oyster beds. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Seafood Restaurants’ Leftover Shells to Become ‘Living Barrier Reef’ on Long Island," 14 July 2018 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

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1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oyster bed was in 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of oyster bed

: a place in the ocean where oysters grow

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