oyster

noun, often attributive
oys·​ter | \ ˈȯi-stər How to pronounce oyster (audio) \

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 shellfish
b : 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

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That’s especially bad for oysters and other plants and animals anchored to a particular spot. Washington Post, "Mississippi seeks seafood disaster amid spillway complaints," 8 June 2019 The new concept focuses on Gulf Coast oysters and seafood. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Montrose to debut Tex-Mex restaurant Cadente in mid-July," 4 June 2019 Think of the foods that are abundant in the Pacific Northwest: salmon, halibut, cod, shellfish, clams, mussels, oysters, seaweed. Sandy M. Fernandez, Woman's Day, "How Three Women Are Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.," 14 Nov. 2018 About 20 miles away on the mainland, dozens of brightly colored shrimp boats were tied up to docks in Bayou La Batre, a seafood town that processes oysters, shrimp and crabs from across the Gulf of Mexico. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Gordon slams Gulf Coast with tropical-force winds, rain," 4 Sep. 2018 As the Times points out, products as far-ranging as tooth fillings, cereals, flip-flops, toilet paper, couch cushions, cosmetics, frozen oysters, headphones, kombucha, and even beloved chocolate have faced Prop 65 compliance. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "After coffee brewhaha, CA fears cancer warnings have “gone seriously wrong”," 16 Aug. 2018 Menu highlights include a chilled shellfish platter of Kumamoto oysters, king crab and Maine lobster ($10 supplement) and Snake River Farms skirt steak and eggs with crunchy warm tortillas and ranchero sauce. Julie Giuffrida, latimes.com, "Where to take mom for Mother's Day brunch," 3 May 2018 Or participate in one of the hotel's off-season offerings, like a tour of an oyster farm (tastings included), a cooking class with the executive chef of Topper's, or a visit to the charming village of Siasconset. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "5 Luxury Destinations for a Mother-Daughter Trip," 9 May 2019 Cornbread with Thai curry, baked oysters ahhhhh amazing job @ayeshacurry and @ChefMichaelMina!! Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Low-Key Had Dinner with President Obama, Apparently," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of oyster

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for oyster

Middle English oistre, from Anglo-French, from Latin ostrea, from Greek ostreon; akin to Greek ostrakon shell, osteon bone — more at osseous

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oyster

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oyster

: a type of shellfish that has a rough shell with two parts and that is eaten both cooked and raw

oyster

noun
oys·​ter | \ ˈȯi-stər How to pronounce oyster (audio) \

Kids Definition of oyster

: 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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