English [ edit ]
An oyster (bivalve of family Ostreidae),
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Etymology [ edit ]
Old English , reinforced or superseded in ostre by Middle English Anglo-Norman , which from oistre Old French , oistre (compare modern French uistre ); both lines (Old English and Old French) from huître Latin , from ostrea Ancient Greek ( ὄστρεον ostreon).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
oyster ( plural ) oysters
Any of certain marine
bivalve mollusks, especially those of the family Ostreidae (the true oysters), usually found adhering to rocks or other fixed objects in shallow water along the seacoasts, or in brackish water in the mouth of rivers.
: 1597-8, William Shakespeare, “Act II, Scene II”, in The Merry Wives of Windsor
Why, then the world's mine oyster
1731, Jonathan Swift, , 1841, Polite Conversation The Works of Jonathan Swift, Volume 2, page 344,
He was a bold man that first ate an
oyster. 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.
Translations [ edit ]
محار ( m maHaar) Armenian:
( ոստրե ostre) Catalan:
ostra (ca) f Chinese:
, 牡蠣 牡蛎 ( (zh) mǔlì), , 海蠣子 海蛎子 ( (zh) hǎilìzi), 蚝子 ( (zh) háozi), 蚝 ( (zh) háo) Czech:
ústřice f Danish:
østers c Dutch:
oester (nl) m, n Esperanto:
osteri (fi) French:
huître (fr) f Georgian:
( ხამანწკა xamancka) German:
Auster (de) f Greek: ,
όστρειον ( n ostreion), γλυκομαρίς ( f glykomaris) Modern:
στρείδι (el) ( n streídi) Hawaiian:
osztriga (hu) Indonesian:
tiram (id) Italian:
ostrica (it) f Japanese:
( 牡蠣 かき, kaki), ( カキ kaki), ( 真珠貝 しんじゅがい, shinjugai) Jèrriais:
hitre f Khmer:
( ខ្យងស្មិត kyɑɑng smǝt), ងាវ ( (km) ngiev), ( ងាវសមុទ្រ ngiev samot)
Adjective [ edit ]
oyster ( comparative , more oyster superlative ) most oyster
Of a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.
oyster ( third-person singular simple present , oysters present participle , oystering simple past and past participle ) oystered
( intransitive ) To fish for oysters.
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