Definition of lobster in English:

lobster

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɒbstə
 
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noun

1A large marine crustacean with a cylindrical body, stalked eyes, and the first of its five pairs of limbs modified as pincers.
  • Homarus and other genera, class Malacostraca
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  • It takes about eight seconds for a pair of lobsters to copulate; it takes a lot longer to get them into the mood.
  • The body plans of lobsters and humans, flies and fish, barnacles and mice, are initiated using the same families of genes that are conserved across the animal kingdom.
  • Both spiney lobsters and hermit crabs have been observed attacking gastropods in this fashion and both produce the distinctive notched gastropod remains.
1.1 [mass noun] The flesh of the lobster as food: she ordered lobster and a glass of white wine [as modifier]: lobster bisque
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  • Alistair started off with west coast lobster bisque with white wine, saffron and cognac, while I went for the finnan haddock and lobster risotto with smoked salmon cream and poached egg.
  • A special of sherried lobster bisque demands to be ordered; its rich brick color and oceanic, lobster-shell tang give it a gutsy character.
  • People may indulge themselves in a huge variety of seafood delights such as lobster, crab, oyster, caviar and more, along with traditional breakfast choices.
1.2Australian/NZ A marine crayfish, especially one whose claws are eaten as food.
1.3 [mass noun] A deep red colour typical of a cooked lobster: [as modifier]: a heavily built man with a lobster nose
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  • He pointed to some on the counter top that were looking all… well… lobster coloured you might say.
  • There are a lot of you who think Mark ought to get tanning and take a quintessential British lobster colour to the party.

verb

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Catch lobsters: he has been lobstering in Maine for 50 years
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  • He said, ‘Just keep lobstering till it runs out, I guess.’
  • My brother Cal has been shellfishing (oystering, lobstering, clamming) off the north shore harbors of Long Island, New York since he was sixteen.
  • Their only son, Frank, is spending the summer on a boat lobstering before going off to an Ivy League school in the fall.

Origin

Old English lopustre, alteration of Latin locusta 'crustacean, locust'.

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