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[oi-ster-ing] /ˈɔɪ stər ɪŋ/
veneering of furniture with matched flitches having a figure of concentric rings.
flitches used on an oystered piece.
Origin of oystering
1910-15; oyster + -ing1


[oi-ster] /ˈɔɪ stər/
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.
the oyster-shaped bit of dark meat in the front hollow of the side bone of a fowl.
Slang. a closemouthed or uncommunicative person, especially one who keeps secrets well.
something from which a person may extract or derive advantage:
The world is my oyster.
verb (used without object)
to dredge for or otherwise take oysters.
1325-75; Middle English oistre < Middle French < Latin ostrea < Greek óstreon; see ostracize Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oystering
  • The reef is usually closed to oystering as it is in a research area.
  • The removal of oyster shell by oyster harvesters is an unavoidable consequence of oystering.
  • There was a slight fog and no wind--my image of oystering was full sails and lots of action.
  • Special concern was given to a cultch planting on a reef on the south end of the lake, which is a closed area for oystering.
  • They're also happy to help you understand the regulations, or even to share clamming and oystering tips.
  • Some long term oystering families turned to kinship connections to survive.
  • Sure, some are commercial fishermen and some have a background in clamming or oystering, but they are all fishermen nonetheless.
British Dictionary definitions for oystering


  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
any of various similar and related molluscs, such as the pearl oyster and the saddle oyster (Anomia ephippium)
the oyster-shaped piece of dark meat in the hollow of the pelvic bone of a fowl
something from which advantage, delight, profit, etc, may be derived: the world is his oyster
(informal) a very uncommunicative person
(intransitive) to dredge for, gather, or raise oysters
Word Origin
C14 oistre, from Old French uistre, from Latin ostrea, from Greek ostreon; related to Greek osteon bone, ostrakon shell
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Word Origin and History for oystering



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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for oystering
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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