from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several edible bivalve mollusks of the family Ostreidae, especially of the genera Crassostrea and Ostrea, that live chiefly in shallow marine waters and have a rough, irregularly shaped shell.
- n. Any of various similar or related bivalve mollusks, such as the pearl oyster.
- n. An edible bit of muscle found in the hollow of the pelvic bone of a fowl.
- n. A special delicacy.
- n. Something from which benefits may be extracted.
- n. Slang A close-mouthed person.
- intransitive v. To gather, dredge for, or raise oysters.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any marine bivalve mollusk of the Family Ostreidae, usually found adhering to rocks or other fixed objects in shallow water along the seacoasts, or in brackish water in the mouth of rivers.
- n. A name popularly given to the delicate morsel of dark meat contained in a small cavity of the bone on each side of the lower part of the back of a fowl.
- n. A pale beige color tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.
- n. A person who keeps secrets and private information to him- or herself.
- adj. Of a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.
- v. To fish for oysters.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An edible bivalve mollusk of the family Ostreidæ, such as Ostrea edulis, the common species of Europe, and O. virginica, that of the Atlantic coast of the United States.
- n. One of many other bivalves of the same order, but of a different family. Thus, the pearl-oyster belongs to the Aviculidæ.
- n. The oyster-shaped bit of dark meat in the front hollow of the side-bone of a turkey or similar bird.
- n. Figuratively, some profit or advantage which one may seize and hold.
- n. Among packers, steamed oysters packed in hermetically sealed cans: a trade-name.
- To engage in oyster-fishing; take oysters in any way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl
- n. edible body of any of numerous oysters
- n. marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters
- v. gather oysters, dig oysters
Middle English oistre, from Old French, from Latin ostreum, ostrea, from Greek ostreon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ostre, from Latin ostrea; reinforced or superseded in Middle English by Anglo-Norman oistre, from Old French oistre, uistre (modern French huître), also from Latin ostrea, from Ancient Greek ὄστρεον. (Wiktionary)