from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small boat used in the oyster-fishery.
  • noun A large establishment or floating house, constructed on a raft, generally one story and sometimes two high.


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  • Miss Hendy, digging her spoon into the oyster-boat.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844 Various

  • Nor was he allowed to resume his former rank in the party, until, by a masterly piece of diplomacy, he organized an opposition oyster-boat, and a consequent competition, which soon brought Juan Sanchez to terms, and oysters to their just market-value.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 30, April, 1860 Various

  • He was at the oyster-boat buying his oysters at three o'clock in the morning, wheeled them three miles, set up his board near a market, and began business.

    How to Succeed or, Stepping-Stones to Fame and Fortune Orison Swett Marden 1887

  • Then he was here some months before with an oyster-boat, pretending to sell oysters.

    Personal Memoir Of Daniel Drayton Drayton, Daniel, b. 1802 1855

  • He was a singular compromise, in his vocation and his equipment, between the mendicant and corsair: I fear he would not have hesitated to assume the pirate altogether in lonelier waters; and had I been a heavily laden oyster-boat returning by night through some remote and dark canal, I would have steered clear of that truculent-looking craft, of which the crew must have fought with a desperation proportioned to the lack of legs and the difficulty of running away, in case of defeat.

    Venetian Life William Dean Howells 1878

  • "Around the island, up the channel, up the old oyster-boat channel of

    The Lady and the Pirate Being the Plain Tale of a Diligent Pirate and a Fair Captive Emerson Hough 1890


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