oyster bed



a place where oysters breed or are cultivated.

Origin of oyster bed

First recorded in 1585–95
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Historical Examples of oyster bed

  • He had been editor of a newspaper, an insurance agent, and manager of an oyster-bed.

  • The name is said to be a corruption of Austerbourne, or oyster-bed.

    The Isle of Wight

    G. E. Mitton

  • We might close the booth; the world would be as dull as an oyster-bed.

  • This idea comes from the fact that an oyster-bed may be free from them one day and the next be covered by these pests.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • Now and then they went out to the Silver Pit, an oyster-bed about twenty-five miles from the coast.

British Dictionary definitions for oyster bed

oyster bed


a place, esp on the sea bed, where oysters breed and grow naturally or are cultivated for food or pearlsAlso called: oyster bank, oyster park
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