[lob-ster] /ˈlɒb stər/
noun, plural (especially collectively) lobster (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lobsters.
any of various large, edible, marine, usually dull-green, stalk-eyed decapod crustaceans of the family Homaridae, especially of the genus Homarus, having large, asymmetrical pincers on the first pair of legs, one used for crushing and the other for cutting and tearing: the shell turns bright red when cooked.
any of various similar crustaceans, as certain crayfishes.
the edible meat of these animals.
noun (pl) -sters, -ster
any of several large marine decapod crustaceans of the genus Homarus, esp H. vulgaris, occurring on rocky shores and having the first pair of limbs modified as large pincers
any of several similar crustaceans, esp the spiny lobster
the flesh of any of these crustaceans, eaten as a delicacy
marine shellfish, Old English loppestre “lobster, locust,” corruption of Latin locusta, lucusta “lobster, locust,” by influence of Old English loppe “spider,” a variant of lobbe. The ending of Old English loppestre is the fem. agent noun suffix (cf. Baxter, Webster; see -ster), which approximated the Latin sound.
Perhaps a transferred use of the Latin word; trilobite fossils in Worcestershire limestone quarries were known colloquially as locusts, which seems to be the generic word for “unidentified arthropod,” as apple is for “foreign fruit.” OED says the Latin word originally meant “lobster or some similar crustacean, the application to the locust being suggested by the resemblance in shape.” Locusta in the sense “lobster” also appears in French (langouste now “crawfish, crayfish,” but in Old French “lobster” and “locust;” a 13c. psalter has God giving over the crops of Egypt to the langoustes) and Old Cornish (legast). As slang for “a British soldier” since 1640s, originally in reference to the jointed armor of the Roundhead cuirassiers, later (1660) to the red coat.
Sir William Waller having received from London [in June 1643] a fresh regiment of five hundred horse, under the command of sir Arthur Haslerigge, which were so prodigiously armed that they were called by the other side the regiment of lobsters, because of their bright iron shells with which they were covered, being perfect curasseers. [Clarendon, “History of the Rebellion,” 1647]
[lob-ster-bak] /ˈlɒb stərˌbæk/ noun, (esp. during the American Revolution) 1. .
- Lobster-claw deformity
lobster-claw deformity lob·ster-claw deformity (lŏb’stər-clô’) n. A deformity of a hand or foot in which the middle digits are missing or fused.
[lob-ster-ing] /ˈlɒb stər ɪŋ/ noun 1. the act, process, or business of capturing .
[lob-ster-muh n] /ˈlɒb stər mən/ noun, plural lobstermen. 1. a person who traps .