oyster

An oyster is an animal that lives in the sea, a rough-shelled mollusk. To find a pearl inside an oyster, you first have to find a "pearl oyster" — a rare cousin of the oysters people commonly eat.

You can usually tell you've found an oyster on the beach because its shell is bumpy and irregular, unlike the smoother clams or mussels you might see. There are few kinds of oysters that are edible (both cooked and raw), and many others that aren't. You may have heard the expression "the word ls your oyster," which is one of Shakespeare's many linguistic inventions; he means the world is yours to seize, open, and use as you wish.

Primary Meanings of oyster

1.
nv
marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters
gather oysters, dig oysters
2.
n
a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl
Full Definitions of oyster
1

n marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters

Types:
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seed oyster
a young oyster especially of a size for transplantation
blue point, bluepoint
small edible oyster typically from the southern shore of Long Island
Japanese oyster, Ostrea gigas
a large oyster native to Japan and introduced along the Pacific coast of the United States; a candidate for introduction in Chesapeake Bay
Virginia oyster
common edible oyster of Atlantic coast of North America
Pinctada margaritifera, pearl oyster
tropical marine bivalve found chiefly off eastern Asia and Pacific coast of North America and Central America; a major source of pearls
Anomia ephippium, saddle oyster
thin-shelled bivalve having the right valve deeply notched
Placuna placenta, capiz, window oyster, windowpane oyster
marine bivalve common in Philippine coastal waters characterized by a large thin flat translucent shell
Type of:
bivalve, lamellibranch, pelecypod
marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together

n edible body of any of numerous oysters

Synonyms:
huitre
Types:
oysters Rockefeller
oysters spread with butter and spinach and seasonings and baked on the half shell
blue point, bluepoint
oysters originally from Long Island Sound but now from anywhere along the northeastern seacoast; usually eaten raw
Type of:
shellfish
meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)

v gather oysters, dig oysters

Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together
2

n a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl

Type of:
helping, portion, serving
an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal

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