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Etymology

Old English ostre, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] ostrea; reinforced or superceded in Middle English by Anglo-Norman oistre from Old French oistre, uistre (modern French huître), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] ostrea, from Ancient Greek ὄστρεον (related to ὀστέον (bone), ὄστρακον (shell)).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
oyster

Plural
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  1. Any marine bivalve mollusk of the Family Ostreidae, usually found adhering to rocks or other fixed objects in shallow water along the seacoasts, or in brackish water in the mouth of rivers.
  2. A name popularly given to 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.
  3. (color) a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.
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  4. (slang) A person who keeps the secrets trusted to him,

Translations

Adjective

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Positive
oyster

Comparative
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  1. (color) of a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.

Derived terms

Quotations

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  • 1597-8:The world is one's oyster (originally: "Why, then the world 's mine oyster") — Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor - Act II, Scene II

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