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OYSTER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does oyster mean? 

OYSTER (noun)
  The noun OYSTER has 3 senses:

1. marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters
2. edible body of any of numerous oysters
3. a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl

  Familiarity information: OYSTER used as a noun is uncommon.


OYSTER (verb)
  The verb OYSTER has 1 sense:

1. gather oysters, dig oysters

  Familiarity information: OYSTER used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OYSTER (noun)


Sense 1oyster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("oyster" is a kind of...):

bivalve; lamellibranch; pelecypod (marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together)

Meronyms (parts of "oyster"):

huitre; oyster (edible body of any of numerous oysters)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "oyster"):

Anomia ephippium; saddle oyster (thin-shelled bivalve having the right valve deeply notched)

seed oyster (a young oyster especially of a size for transplantation)

blue point; bluepoint (small edible oyster typically from the southern shore of Long Island)

Japanese oyster; Ostrea gigas (a large oyster native to Japan and introduced along the Pacific coast of the United States; a candidate for introduction in Chesapeake Bay)

Virginia oyster (common edible oyster of Atlantic coast of North America)

pearl oyster; Pinctada margaritifera (tropical marine bivalve found chiefly off eastern Asia and Pacific coast of North America and Central America; a major source of pearls)

capiz; Placuna placenta; window oyster; windowpane oyster (marine bivalve common in Philippine coastal waters characterized by a large thin flat translucent shell)

Holonyms ("oyster" is a member of...):

family Ostreidae; Ostreidae (oysters)


Sense 2oyster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Edible body of any of numerous oysters

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

huitre; oyster

Hypernyms ("oyster" is a kind of...):

shellfish (meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "oyster"):

oysters Rockefeller (oysters spread with butter and spinach and seasonings and baked on the half shell)

blue point; bluepoint (oysters originally from Long Island Sound but now from anywhere along the northeastern seacoast; usually eaten raw)

Holonyms ("oyster" is a part of...):

oyster (marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters)


Sense 3oyster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Hypernyms ("oyster" is a kind of...):

helping; portion; serving (an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal)

Holonyms ("oyster" is a part of...):

bird; fowl (the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food)


OYSTER (verb)


Sense 1oyster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gather oysters, dig oysters

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "oyster" is one way to...):

collect; garner; gather; pull together (assemble or get together)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

In the summer they like to go out and oyster


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