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- oystre (obsolete)
Old English ostre, from Latin ostrea; reinforced or superseded in Middle English by Anglo-Norman oistre, from Old French oistre, uistre (modern French huître), also from Latin ostrea, from Ancient Greek ὄστρεον.
oyster (plural oysters)
- Any marine bivalve mollusk of the Family Ostreidae, usually found adhering to rocks or other fixed objects in shallow water along the seacoasts, or in brackish water in the mouth of rivers.
- A name popularly given to the delicate morsel of dark meat contained in a small cavity of the bone on each side of the lower part of the back of a fowl.
- A pale beige color tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.
- (colloquial, by analogy) A person who keeps secrets and private information to him- or herself.
- 1597-8, William Shakespeare, “Act II, Scene II”, in The Merry Wives of Windsor:
- Why, then the world 's mine oyster"
person who keeps secrets or private information to his or herself
- Of a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.