From Old English ostre, reinforced or superseded in Middle English by Anglo-Norman oistre, which from Old French oistre, uistre (compare modern French huître); both lines (Old English and Old French) from Latin ostrea, from Ancient Greek ὄστρεον (óstreon).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɔɪ.stə(ɹ)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɔɪ.stɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɔɪstə(ɹ)
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oyster (plural oysters)
- Any of certain marine bivalve mollusks, especially those of the family Ostreidae (the true oysters), 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 delicate morsel of dark meat contained in a small cavity of the bone on each side of the lower part of the back of a fowl.
- A pale beige color tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.
- oyster colour:
- (colloquial, by analogy) A person who keeps secrets.
- (Britain, slang) A shoplifter.
- Of a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.