Emoji dictionary


or oyster emoji [oi-ster ih-moh-jee]

What does πŸ¦ͺΒ mean?

The oyster emoji, πŸ¦ͺ, depicts that pearl-yielding mollusk, the oyster. It may be used to represent oysters as an organism and food as well as the precious pearls they produce.

It may also be used for figurative oysters or pearls (e.g., the world is your oyster, pearls of wisdom).

Related words

🦎 - lizard emoji , 🦞 - lobster emoji , 🦙 - llama emoji , blobfish, plenty of fish, 🌴 - palm tree emoji , 🍲- pot of food emoji

Where does 🦪 come from?


Oyster is the name we give to a number of salt-water, bivalve mollusks that live in calcified shells in the ocean. Via French and Latin, the word oyster ultimately goes back to the same Greek root (concerning “bone”) that yields the prefix osteo- and verb ostracize … if you’re into words and stuff.

For thousands of years, oysters have been prized by humans both as a food substance and for their pearls. In some instances, oyster shells are also prized for their lovely color (although that doesn’t apply to all oysters).

Approved under Unicode 12.0 in 2019, the oyster emoji, in its releases so far, generally shows an open white or gray oyster shell with yellowish flesh and a small pearl in it. On unsupported platforms, the emoji displays as an empty box.

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Just as the eggplant emoji πŸ† became repurposed for male genitalia, some people (such as Jael Goldfine put it in Paper magazine in February 2019) have supposed the oyster emoji πŸ¦ͺ may be taken up for the female counterpart.

Examples of 🦪

The world is your πŸ¦ͺ
@krstfrye, February, 2019
5 jobs I've had: / 1 - Farm hand πŸŒ±πŸ‘¨β€πŸŒΎπŸ’ / 2 - Carpenter's assistant πŸ§°πŸ‘·πŸ”¨ / 3 - Dishwasher 🌊🍽️ / 4 - Classroom technology support πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»πŸ”¨πŸŽ€ / 5 - Oyster aquaculture technician πŸ¦ͺ🌊🦠
@petercoffey, April, 2019
πŸ’ The queen of body positivity πŸ‘‘, @fleureast, gave us some pearls of wisdom πŸ¦ͺ on how to self love and we are so πŸ‘ here πŸ‘for πŸ‘it πŸ‘ πŸ’ͺ Who else is going to love themselves more this year? πŸ’• #TheScoop #bodypositive #bodypositivity #selflove
@NickelodeonUK, March, 2019

Who uses 🦪?

As of 2019, the oyster emoji is still fresh so evidence for its specific applications are only emerging.Β 

Early uses find oyster emoji used in contexts of oysters as fine food …

… and an important organism.

Certain types oysters are prized for the pearls they produce, so expect to find the oyster emoji in contexts referring to those precious objects (e.g., jewelry, pearl of wisdom).

The rare pearl one may discover inside an oyster gave riseΒ to the expressionΒ the world is one’s oyster, or “life’s opportunities are available to you.” The oyster emoji is a perfect punctuation to the sentiment.

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This is not meant to be a formal definition of 🦪 like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of 🦪 that will help our users expand their word mastery.