Definition of thorny oyster in English:

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thorny oyster

noun

A bivalve mollusk of warm seas, whose pinkish-brown shell is heavily ribbed and bears blunt or flattened spines.
  • Family Spondylidae: Spondylus and other genera.
Example sentences
  • I can still see the vivid orange flesh of a large thorny oyster, its shell spread open and decorated with a quilt of coral.
  • By late prehispanic times, the thorny oyster was distributed widely throughout the central Andes.
  • However, there are many marine parks and sanctuaries in which the thorny oysters may be found.

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Syllabification: thorn·y oys·ter

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