oystering

noun

oys·​ter·​ing ˈȯi-st(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce oystering (audio)
: the act or business of taking oysters for the market or for food

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mould has served since his 20s on state advisory committees that help craft rules for oystering and crabbing. Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, 12 July 2022 The rule change to suspend oystering has been backed by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Sportfishing Association, the National Wildlife Federation, the Florida chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Apalachicola Riverkeeper. orlandosentinel.com, 9 Dec. 2020 Nelson said that compared to shrimping, oystering doesn’t require much in the way of specialized equipment, so the buy-in is low. al, 3 Jan. 2020 Visiting Suwannee, kids learn about being on the water and where food comes from by fishing, crabbing and oystering. Nancy Moreland, OrlandoSentinel.com, 6 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oystering was in 1662

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Cite this Entry

“Oystering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oystering. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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