What does oyster mean?

Definitions for oyster
ˈɔɪ stəroys·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oyster(noun)

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

  2. huitre, oyster(noun)

    edible body of any of numerous oysters

  3. oyster(verb)

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

  4. oyster(verb)

    gather oysters, dig oysters


  1. oyster(Noun)

    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.

  2. oyster(Noun)

    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.

  3. oyster(Noun)

    A person who keeps secrets and private information to him- or herself.

  4. oyster(Verb)

    To fish for oysters.

  5. oyster(Adjective)

    Of a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.

  6. Origin: ostre, from ostrea; reinforced or superseded in by oistre, from oistre, uistre (modern French huître), also from ostrea, from ὄστρεον.


  1. Oyster

    The word oyster is used as a common name for a number of distinct groups of bivalve molluscs which live in marine or brackish habitats. The valves are highly calcified. Some kinds of oysters are commonly consumed, cooked or raw, by humans as a delicacy. Other kinds, such as pearl oysters, generally not eaten by humans, are harvested for the pearl produced within the mantle.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oyster

    ois′tėr, n. a well-known bivalve shellfish, used as food.—ns. Oys′ter-bank, -bed, -farm, -field, -park, a place where oysters breed or are bred; Oys′ter-catch′er, the sea pie—a sea wading bird of the family Hæmatopodidæ, having dark plumage and red bill and feet; Oys′ter-fish′ery, the business of catching oysters; Oys′ter-knife, a knife for opening oysters.—n.pl. Oys′ter-pat′ties, small pies or pasties made from oysters.—n. Oys′ter-shell, the shell of an oyster.—n.pl. Oys′ter-tongs, a tool used to dredge up oysters in deep water.—ns. Oys′ter-wench, -wife, -wom′an, a woman who vends oysters. [O. Fr. oistre (Fr. huître)—L. ostrea—Gr. ostreon, an oyster—osteon, a bone.]

Anagrams for oyster »

  1. storey, Troyes

  2. Storey

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oyster in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oyster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of oyster in a Sentence

  1. Cat Ellington:

    The South Side of Chicago is my oyster.

  2. Jonathan Swift:

    He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.

  3. Shakespeare:

    Why then the worlds mine oyster, Which I with sword shall open.

  4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

    Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.

  5. Debra Forman:

    Hopefully, there will be zoos in our future, and aquariums, the world is our oyster.

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