2. [syn: huitre, oyster]
3. a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl;
1. gather oysters, dig oysters;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Oyster \Oys"ter\ (ois"t[~e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L.
ostrea, ostreum, Gr. 'o`streon; prob. akin to 'ostre`on bone,
the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. Osseous,
1. (Zool.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus Ostrea.
They are usually found adhering to rocks or other fixed
objects in shallow water along the seacoasts, or in
brackish water in the mouth of rivers. The common European
oyster (Ostrea edulis), and the American oyster (Ostrea
Virginiana), are the most important species.
2. A name popularly given to the delicate morsel contained in
a small cavity of the bone on each side of the lower part
of the back of a fowl.
Fresh-water oyster (Zool.), any species of the genus
Etheria, and allied genera, found in rivers of Africa
and South America. They are irregular in form, and attach
themselves to rocks like oysters, but they have a pearly
interior, and are allied to the fresh-water mussels.
Oyster bed, a breeding place for oysters; a place in a
tidal river or other water on or near the seashore, where
oysters are deposited to grow and fatten for market. See
1st Scalp, n.
Oyster catcher (Zool.), See oystercatcher in the
Oyster crab (Zool.) a small crab (Pinnotheres ostreum)
which lives as a commensal in the gill cavity of the
Oyster dredge, a rake or small dragnet for bringing up
oysters from the bottom of the sea.
Oyster fish. (Zool.)
(a) The tautog.
(b) The toadfish.
Oyster plant. (Bot.)
(a) A plant of the genus Tragopogon (Tragopogon
porrifolius), the root of which, when cooked,
somewhat resembles the oyster in taste; salsify; --
called also vegetable oyster.
(b) A plant found on the seacoast of Northern Europe,
America and Asia (Mertensia maritima), the fresh
leaves of which have a strong flavor of oysters.
Oyster plover. (Zool.) Same as oystercatcher.
Oyster shell (Zool.), the shell of an oyster.
Oyster wench, Oyster wife, Oyster women, a women who
deals in oysters.
Pearl oyster. (Zool.) See under Pearl.
Thorny oyster (Zool.), any spiny marine shell of the genus
[1913 Webster] oystercatcher
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on
the sea bed mostly in coastal waters
2: edible body of any of numerous oysters [syn: huitre,
3: a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl
v 1: gather oysters, dig oysters
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
39 Moby Thesaurus words for "oyster":
Dungeness crab, Japanese crab, blue point, breast, chicken foot,
clam, coquillage, crab, crawdad, crawfish, crayfish, dark meat,
drumstick, giblets, langouste, leg, limpet, littleneck clam,
lobster, long suit, medium, metier, mussel, neck, periwinkle,
prawn, quahog, scallop, shellfish, shrimp, snail, soft-shell crab,
steamer, thigh, turkey foot, whelk, white meat, wing, wishbone
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
OYSTER, n. A slimy, gobby shellfish which civilization gives men the
hardihood to eat without removing its entrails! The shells are
sometimes given to the poor.