Webster 1913 Edition
Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus Ostrea. They are usually found adhering to rocks or other fixed objects in shallow water along the seacoasts, or in brackish water in the mouth of rivers. The common European oyster (
Ostrea edulis), and the American oyster (
Ostrea Virginiana), are the most important species.
A name popularly given to the delicate morsel contained in a small cavity of the bone on each side of the lower part of the back of a fowl.
any species of the genus–
Etheria, and allied genera, found in rivers of Africa and South America. They are irregular in form, and attach themselves to rocks like oysters, but they have a pearly interior, and are allied to the fresh-water mussels.
a breeding place for oysters; a place in a tidal river or other water on or near the seashore, where oysters are deposited to grow and fatten for market. See 1st–
oystercatcherin the vocabulary.
a small crab (–
Pinnotheres ostreum) which lives as a commensal in the gill cavity of the oyster.
a rake or small dragnet for bringing up oysters from the bottom of the sea.–
A plant of the genus– called also
Tragopogon porrifolius), the root of which, when cooked, somewhat resembles the oyster in taste; salsify;
A plant found on the seacoast of Northern Europe, America and Asia (–
Mertensia maritima), the fresh leaves of which have a strong flavor of oysters.
the shell of an oyster.–
a women who deals in oysters.–
any spiny marine shell of the genus
Webster 1828 Edition
A bivalvular testaceous animal, found adhering to rocks or other fixed substances in salt water which is shallow, or in the mouths of rivers. Oysters are deemed nourishing and delicious.