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Definition of Oyster


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Oyster Quotations

Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell, for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul, my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.

Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
Theodore Roosevelt

All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
Federico Fellini

I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
Zora Neale Hurston

The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
Andrew Carnegie
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Oyster Translations

oyster in Dutch is oester
oyster in German is Auster {f}
oyster in Hungarian is osztriga
oyster in Italian is ostrica
oyster in Portuguese is ostra
oyster in Spanish is ostra
oyster in Swedish is ostron
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