oystre

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Noun[edit]

oystre (plural oystres)

  1. (rare) Obsolete form of oyster.
    • 1585, Thomas Harriot, quoted in Steve Nicholls, Paradise Found: Nature in America at the Time of Discovery, University of Chicago Press →ISBN, page 73
      Oystres, some very great and some small, some round and some of a long shape .
    • 1626, Sir Edward Dering, quoted in "Bill of Fare of 1626", Notes and Queries (14 December 1815), page 99
      pickled oystres a barrell ... 1s. 6d.
    • 1851, Punch, Volume XX., page #230:
      Well could he talke of fasting and penaunce
      To Maides, between the figures of the daunce ;
      And from the hollow world within the cloistre
      Threaten to shut himself, as in an oystre.

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Etymology[edit]

From three separate sources: Old English oster, Anglo-Norman oistre, and Latin ostrea, which the other two are ultimately from. The Latin is from Ancient Greek ὄστρεον (óstreon).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɔi̯stər/, /ˈɔi̯strə/, /ˈɔstər/, /ˈɔstreː(ə)/

Noun[edit]

oystre (plural oystres or oystryn)

  1. An oyster or a similar shellfish.

Descendants[edit]

  • English: oyster
  • Scots: oyster, eyster

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