vegetable oyster
Oyster Oys"ter (ois"t[~e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. 'o`streon; prob. akin to 'ostre`on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Fresh-water oyster} (Zo["o]l.), 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.

{Oyster bed}, 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 {Scalp}, n.

{Oyster catcher} (Zo["o]l.), See {oystercatcher} in the vocabulary.

{Oyster crab} (Zo["o]l.) a small crab ({Pinnotheres ostreum}) which lives as a commensal in the gill cavity of the oyster.

{Oyster dredge}, a rake or small dragnet for bringing up oysters from the bottom of the sea.

{Oyster fish}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The tautog. (b) The toadfish.

{Oyster plant}. (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus {Tragopogon} ({Tragopogon porrifolius}), the root of which, when cooked, somewhat resembles the oyster in taste; salsify; -- called also {vegetable oyster}. (b) 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.

{Oyster plover}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {oystercatcher}.

{Oyster shell} (Zo["o]l.), the shell of an oyster.

{Oyster wench}, {Oyster wife}, {Oyster women}, a women who deals in oysters.

{Pearl oyster}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Pearl}.

{Thorny oyster} (Zo["o]l.), any spiny marine shell of the genus {Spondylus}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Vegetable oyster — Vegetable Veg e*ta*ble, a. [F. v[ e]g[ e]table growing, capable of growing, formerly also, as a noun, a vegetable, from L. vegetabilis enlivening, from vegetare to enliven, invigorate, quicken, vegetus enlivened, vigorous, active, vegere to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vegetable oyster — ☆ vegetable oyster n. SALSIFY …   English World dictionary

  • vegetable oyster — noun 1. Mediterranean biennial herb with long stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States • Syn: ↑salsify, ↑oyster plant, ↑Tragopogon porrifolius • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous… …   Useful english dictionary

  • vegetable-oyster — valgomasis pūtelis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos daržovinis, dekoratyvinis augalas (Tragopogon porrifolius), paplitęs Šiaurės Afrikoje, pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Tragopogon porrifolius angl.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • vegetable oyster — noun Date: circa 1818 salsify …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vegetable oyster — salsify. [1810 20, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • vegetable oyster — noun the edible root of salsify, the taste of which is said to resemble that of oysters …   English new terms dictionary

  • vegetable oyster — veg′etable oys ter n. pln salsify • Etymology: 1810–20, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • vegetable oyster — /vɛdʒtəbəl ˈɔɪstə/ (say vejtuhbuhl oystuh) noun → salsify …   Australian English dictionary

  • Vegetable — Veg e*ta*ble, a. [F. v[ e]g[ e]table growing, capable of growing, formerly also, as a noun, a vegetable, from L. vegetabilis enlivening, from vegetare to enliven, invigorate, quicken, vegetus enlivened, vigorous, active, vegere to quicken, arouse …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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