Any of a number of bivalve molluscs with rough irregular shells. Several kinds are eaten (especially raw) as a delicacy and may be farmed for food or pearls:
A shade of greyish white
A large oyster, Ostrea angasi, native to south-eastern Australia.
A bank or promontory, often intertidal, formed of accumulations of oysters and their shells.
A boat (in US also a floating house built on a raft) used in oyster fishing or oyster farming, or to carry oysters for sale.
= oyster mushroom.
A minute, soft-bodied crab that lives inside the shell of a bivalve mollusk, where it filters food particles from the water drawn into the shell by its host
Resembling an oyster; especially (of a person) reserved or uncommunicative (staying inside one's ‘shell’).
US regional (chiefly Louisiana) a baked sandwich consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with oysters and other ingredients.
Any of several naval forces established in the 19th cent. to protect oyster beds from theft.
An oyster bed; an oyster farm.
A long-handled rake, usually with well-curved tines, used for gathering oysters.
(More fully oyster toadfish) a toadfish, Opsanus tau (family Batrachoididae), of inshore waters off the eastern coast of the United States.
A woman who sells oysters.
An oyster growing on a reef (rather than on a bed of sand, a rope, etc.).
Any of various edible oysters found attached to rocks; especially. Pacific oysters of the genera Saccostrea and Crassostrea.
A hotel bar or small restaurant where oysters are served
A town in central Long Island in New York that includes the villages of Hicksville, Farmingdale, and Oyster Bay; population 301,474 (est. 2008)
A place on the seabed where oysters breed or are bred
An area of the seabed used for breeding oysters
An edible marine bivalve mollusc with a fragile flattened shell, the hinge of which bears wing-like projections
A green-finned oyster, formerly regarded as a delicacy (now historical).
A long, narrow board or table used for displaying oysters for sale; (also derogatory) the communion table introduced to churches by English Protestants after the Reformation.
Bread served with oysters.
A shop or tavern, originally in a basement, where oysters are sold.
A person engaged in oyster farming.
Any feast at which oysters are the principal dish consumed; specifically a traditional feast held in many oyster-fishing towns to mark the beginning of the oyster-fishing season.
= oyster bed.
Sea lettuce, Ulva lactuca, a green alga frequent in oyster beds.
A strong knife designed for opening oysters.
= oyster bed.
The liquid contained within the shell of a fresh oyster.
A piece of oyster veneer.
A social gathering at which oysters are roasted and eaten.
= oyster shell scale.
The shell of an oyster.
An instrument used for gathering oysters, consisting of a jointed pair of hinged, long-handled rakes with inward-curving teeth.
A whorled veneer obtained especially from small boughs of trees.
A pattern of oyster veneer in walnut; frequently attributive.
A girl or woman who sells oysters.
= oyster wife; (in later use also) a woman employed in gathering or breeding oysters.
another term for salsify.
A sauce made with oysters and soy sauce, used especially in Chinese cookery
A tropical marine bivalve mollusc with a ridged scaly shell, which produces pearls
A bivalve mollusc of warm seas, the pinkish-brown shell of which is heavily ribbed and bears blunt or flattened spines
Any of various small edible oysters which grow on submerged mangrove roots.
The testicles of a calf, sheep, or other animal, used as food; lamb's fry.
A small northern variety of the Californian oyster, Ostrea lurida.