oyster bed


Definition of oyster bed

: a place where oysters grow or are cultivated

Examples of oyster bed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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

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First Known Use of oyster bed

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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