adjective Furniture.

  1. veneered with matched flitches having a figure of concentric rings.


  1. any of several edible, marine, bivalve mollusks of the family Ostreidae, having an irregularly shaped shell, occurring on the bottom or adhering to rocks or other objects in shallow water.
  2. the oyster-shaped bit of dark meat in the front hollow of the side bone of a fowl.
  3. Slang. a closemouthed or uncommunicative person, especially one who keeps secrets well.
  4. something from which a person may extract or derive advantage: The world is my oyster.
  5. oyster white.

verb (used without object)

  1. to dredge for or otherwise take oysters.


    1. any edible marine bivalve mollusc of the genus Ostrea, having a rough irregularly shaped shell and occurring on the sea bed, mostly in coastal waters
    2. (as modifier)oyster farm; oyster knife
  1. any of various similar and related molluscs, such as the pearl oyster and the saddle oyster (Anomia ephippium)
  2. the oyster-shaped piece of dark meat in the hollow of the pelvic bone of a fowl
  3. something from which advantage, delight, profit, etc, may be derivedthe world is his oyster
  4. informal a very uncommunicative person


  1. (intr) to dredge for, gather, or raise oysters

n.early 14c., from Old French oistre (Modern French huître), from Latin ostrea, plural or fem. of ostreum “oyster,” from Greek ostreon, from PIE *ost- “bone” (see osseous). Related to Greek ostrakon “hard shell” and to osteon “bone.” Why then the world’s mine Oyster, which I, with sword will open. [Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” II.ii.2] see world is one’s oyster.

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