verb (used without object)
- oyer and terminer,
- oyster bay,
- oyster bed,
- oyster cap,
- oyster catcher,
- oyster crab
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|DAILY BEAST
What a sauce that is,” he enthused, “which dresses an oyster I suck from the mouth of the woman I love!
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|Jane Ciabattari|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A television series, Mama, was broadcast from a studio above The Oyster Bar beginning in 1949.
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|Josh Dzieza|November 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The fertilized egg, when laid, floats off and becomes attached to the shell of some oyster on a nearby rock.Self Knowledge and Guide to Sex Instruction|T. W. Shannon
He has the constitution of a rhinoceros, the digestion of an ostrich, and the concentration of an oyster.Little Dorrit|Charles Dickens
It is perhaps, he adds, what the oyster is doing in its shell.
It had all been definitely settled and tidied up in that wood on the way from the oyster park.The Disturbing Charm|Berta Ruck
We had oyster shells for spoons and de slaves comes in from de fields and dey hands is all dirty, and dey is hungry.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration
- 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
Word Origin 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]
see world is one's oyster.