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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

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

The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.
David Hume

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

What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!
Anatole France

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
Jonathan Swift
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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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