noun, plural (especially collectively) lob·ster, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lob·sters.
- lobster moth,
- lobster newburg,
- lobster pot,
- lobster roll,
- lobster shift
Origin of lobster
Examples from the Web for 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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
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|Scott Bixby|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Oh, my dear, he's asked me to champagne and lobster at your house—his house!
"I'll just turn around and back up to it," spoke the Lobster.Uncle Wiggily in Wonderland|Howard R. Garis
Tom couldn't better show his liking for the lobster than by eating him.Andiron Tales|John Kendrick Bangs
A lobster suffers less by being put in cold than in boiling water, and the flesh is firmer when done.
They're engaged; they're going to be married to-night, over champagne and lobster at my house!
noun plural -sters or -ster
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]