- any of various large, edible, marine, usually dull-green, stalk-eyed decapod crustaceans of the family Homaridae, especially of the genus Homarus, having large, asymmetrical pincers on the first pair of legs, one used for crushing and the other for cutting and tearing: the shell turns bright red when cooked.
- spiny lobster.
- any of various similar crustaceans, as certain crayfishes.
- the edible meat of these animals.
Origin of lobster
Related Words for lobsterclam, crustacean, mollusk, snail, scallop, conch, crawfish, prawn, shrimp, lobster, mussel, oyster, barnacle, whelk, piddock, crayfish
Examples from the Web for lobster
Contemporary Examples of lobster
The lobster is taken away and a steak, something he considers edible, is provided.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
We thought of other things that taste good with butter and salt and thought: lobster.
A spokeswoman adds that, in the baked flesh, it looks more like a lobster tail.
Spread out among nine tents, more than 20,000 pounds of lobster are served throughout the five-day festivities.America’s Best Summer Food Festivals
July 5, 2014
The atmosphere at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea was redolent of these lobster palaces.My Big, Buttery Lobster Roll Rumble: We Came, We Clawed, We Conquered
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of lobster
When the whole has cooked until it is thick, add the lobster.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Have ready a small tureen of lobster sauce to accompany the salmon.
You may dress the lobster immediately before you send it to table.
Its lorgnette eyes, like those of a lobster, were quite independent of each other.My Double Life
"Don't let her kid you, Barry," advised Cousin Jim, delving into his lobster.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
- any of several large marine decapod crustaceans of the genus Homarus, esp H. vulgaris, occurring on rocky shores and having the first pair of limbs modified as large pincers
- any of several similar crustaceans, esp the spiny lobster
- the flesh of any of these crustaceans, eaten as a delicacy
Word Origin for lobster
marine shellfish, Old English loppestre "lobster, locust," corruption of Latin locusta, lucusta "lobster, locust," by influence of Old English loppe "spider," a variant of lobbe. The ending of Old English loppestre is the fem. agent noun suffix (cf. Baxter, Webster; see -ster), which approximated the Latin sound.
Perhaps a transferred use of the Latin word; trilobite fossils in Worcestershire limestone quarries were known colloquially as locusts, which seems to be the generic word for "unidentified arthropod," as apple is for "foreign fruit." OED says the Latin word originally meant "lobster or some similar crustacean, the application to the locust being suggested by the resemblance in shape." Locusta in the sense "lobster" also appears in French (langouste now "crawfish, crayfish," but in Old French "lobster" and "locust;" a 13c. psalter has God giving over the crops of Egypt to the langoustes) and Old Cornish (legast). As slang for "a British soldier" since 1640s, originally in reference to the jointed armor of the Roundhead cuirassiers, later (1660) to the red coat.
Sir William Waller having received from London [in June 1643] a fresh regiment of five hundred horse, under the command of sir Arthur Haslerigge, which were so prodigiously armed that they were called by the other side the regiment of lobsters, because of their bright iron shells with which they were covered, being perfect curasseers. [Clarendon, "History of the Rebellion," 1647]