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oysterman

[oi-ster-muh n]
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noun, plural oys·ter·men.
  1. a person who gathers, cultivates, or sells oysters.
  2. a boat specially equipped for gathering oysters.

Origin of oysterman

First recorded in 1545–55; oyster + -man
Also called oys·ter·er.
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Examples from the Web for oysterman

Historical Examples

  • The cheerful motto of the oysterman is, "The muddier the water the fatter the oyster."

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    Woods Hutchinson

  • "That was the Oysterman who passed us," said Milly, with a pale face.

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    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • The Oysterman 'll kill you, or beat you senseless, if you go; and then what could you do?

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    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • I wonder what sort of a woman you'd ever be fond of, Oysterman!

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    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • The Oysterman must have stolen it from Welsh Tom that dreadful night.

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    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon


British Dictionary definitions for oysterman

oysterman

noun plural -men mainly US
  1. a person who gathers, cultivates, or sells oysters
  2. a boat used in gathering oysters
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