- any of several edible, marine, bivalve mollusks of the family Ostreidae, having an irregularly shaped shell, occurring on the bottom or adhering to rocks or other objects in shallow water.
- the oyster-shaped bit of dark meat in the front hollow of the side bone of a fowl.
- Slang. a closemouthed or uncommunicative person, especially one who keeps secrets well.
- something from which a person may extract or derive advantage: The world is my oyster.
- oyster white.
- to dredge for or otherwise take oysters.
Origin of oyster
Examples from the Web for oyster
If you want to be a human being, and a popular human being, then you have to stop being an oyster and come out of your shell.How to Be Popular, ’50s Style: ‘Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek’
Maya Van Wagenen
April 17, 2014
What a sauce that is,” he enthused, “which dresses an oyster I suck from the mouth of the woman I love!Seduce Like a Writer: How 7 Famous Scribes Wooed
Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt
February 13, 2014
I added a few impossible positions, just to have a little fun, like the Swan Flying over the Oyster Shell.The Business of Sex: Amy Tan’s ‘The Valley of Amazement’ on Shanghai Courtesans
November 8, 2013
A television series, Mama, was broadcast from a studio above The Oyster Bar beginning in 1949.Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years, 100 Facts
February 1, 2013
Other, greener options, like wetland restoration or oyster reefs, could also help slow waves before they reach the city.Hurricane Sandy’s Lesson for Flood-Proofing a Subway
November 4, 2012
He has the constitution of a rhinoceros, the digestion of an ostrich, and the concentration of an oyster.Little Dorrit
One morning Gervaise surprised her emptying a basket of oyster shells there.L'Assommoir
Strain in the milk and oyster liquor, and stir and cook well.
Strain in the milk, add the oyster liquor, stir, and cook well.
Otherwise they were canned as the Tricholoma and oyster mushroom.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- any edible marine bivalve mollusc of the genus Ostrea, having a rough irregularly shaped shell and occurring on the sea bed, mostly in coastal waters
- (as modifier)oyster farm; oyster knife
- any of various similar and related molluscs, such as the pearl oyster and the saddle oyster (Anomia ephippium)
- the oyster-shaped piece of dark meat in the hollow of the pelvic bone of a fowl
- something from which advantage, delight, profit, etc, may be derivedthe world is his oyster
- informal a very uncommunicative person
- (intr) to dredge for, gather, or raise oysters
Word Origin and History for oyster
early 14c., from Old French oistre (Modern French huître), from Latin ostrea, plural or fem. of ostreum "oyster," from Greek ostreon, from PIE *ost- "bone" (see osseous). Related to Greek ostrakon "hard shell" and to osteon "bone."
Why then the world's mine Oyster, which I, with sword will open. [Shakespeare, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," II.ii.2]