Definition of lobster in English:



  • 1A large marine crustacean with a cylindrical body, stalked eyes, and the first of its five pairs of limbs modified as pincers.

    Homarus and other genera, class Malacostraca

    • ‘Studies of fouled arthropods include horseshoe crabs, isopods, stomatopods, lobsters, and true crabs.’
    • ‘Decapoda (crabs, lobsters, and shrimps) is the most speciose group within the Malacostraca.’
    • ‘Marine invertebrates like lobster, prawn, crab, oyster and mussel are also on display.’
    • ‘The body plans of lobsters and humans, flies and fish, barnacles and mice, are initiated using the same families of genes that are conserved across the animal kingdom.’
    • ‘Small edible crabs cling to cracks in the rock, but it seems too exposed for larger crustaceans such as lobsters.’
    • ‘Common lobsters, edible crabs, velvet swimming crabs, shore crabs and hermit crabs were common.’
    • ‘Eumalacostraca is the group that contains most of the animals the general public recognize as crustaceans, such as shrimp, crabs, lobsters.’
    • ‘When they restaged the match between the same lobsters, the lobster that had lost against the previous opponent always backed down immediately.’
    • ‘To attract a mate, the male lobster users his pincers to snip off one of the eyes of the girl he fancies.’
    • ‘It takes about eight seconds for a pair of lobsters to copulate; it takes a lot longer to get them into the mood.’
    • ‘If you had to compare it to something which is alive today you would probably choose a large crab or a lobster, not a spider.’
    • ‘Both spiney lobsters and hermit crabs have been observed attacking gastropods in this fashion and both produce the distinctive notched gastropod remains.’
    • ‘Believe me, there will be some sort of cryptic code to decipher the real meaning behind the four crabs in one tank as opposed to the five lobsters in the other - and it will all have to do with the existence of the lost city of Atlantis.’
    • ‘Five hundred lobsters were tagged and recorded in one day - a sizeable task.’
    • ‘You can sometimes find large starfish, edible crabs and squat lobsters here.’
    • ‘Its sheer walls provide homes for edible crabs and squat lobsters and at one point mussels.’
    • ‘We passed a ledge where a massive potato bass was hanging out with five large lobsters.’
    • ‘Now and then a pair of lobsters, plated in Prussian blue, jousted in their underwater dungeon.’
    • ‘Urine-borne chemical cues influence the progression and outcome of agonistic encounters in lobsters and crayfish.’
    • ‘Polysaccharides are also used in the shells of such crustaceans as crabs and lobsters (chitin).’
    1. 1.1mass noun The flesh of the lobster as food.
      ‘she ordered lobster and a glass of white wine’
      as modifier ‘lobster bisque’
      • ‘However, it took exactly an hour after ordering before my lobster came.’
      • ‘Mineral rich seafood, oysters, lobster, and fish are considered aphrodisiacs.’
      • ‘To serve place a mound of jicama salad in the center of a soup plate, arrange two shrimp and a quenelle of salmon roe on top, and spoon some lobster saffron broth around dish.’
      • ‘Sugar, citrus fruits, and lobster and other seafood then became major exports.’
      • ‘Alistair started off with west coast lobster bisque with white wine, saffron and cognac, while I went for the finnan haddock and lobster risotto with smoked salmon cream and poached egg.’
      • ‘People may indulge themselves in a huge variety of seafood delights such as lobster, crab, oyster, caviar and more, along with traditional breakfast choices.’
      • ‘Order the lemon butter lobster under the stars and try to work out why you didn't move to Sri Lanka years ago.’
      • ‘Favored dishes include lobster risotto with porcini mushrooms and white truffle oil.’
      • ‘It's made of flat rice noodles and a creamy coconut broth, shot through with bits of lobster and galangal flowers.’
      • ‘A special of sherried lobster bisque demands to be ordered; its rich brick color and oceanic, lobster-shell tang give it a gutsy character.’
      • ‘We will be served lobster, oysters, caviar and cheese.’
      • ‘With that in mind, I was ordering lobster bisque and shrimp fettuccine.’
      • ‘Primarily a seafood restaurant, expect lobster and shrimp spring rolls, grilled octopus and peppercorn crusted yellow-fin tuna.’
      • ‘To treat the palate to an unforgettable experience, serve the caviar-topped tartlets with a swirl of reduced lobster bisque.’
      • ‘In fact, 20-30 years ago unscrupulous restaurateurs in Spanish resorts would pass it off as lobster or scampi to unsuspecting tourists.’
      • ‘A place to enjoy big steaks and seafood in a clubby atmosphere; more delicate eaters can order the chunky lobster bisque and plenty of veggies à la carte.’
      • ‘A dish of linguine with lobster and Granny Smith apples, on the other hand, sounded so wildly wrong that I ordered it for laughs, and found it very good indeed.’
      • ‘The opulence of the grey and gold dining room is reflected by the food - truffles, lobster, suckling pig, roast turbot and milk-fed lamb all feature.’
      • ‘Glistening chunks of lobster mate with fava beans as deliciously as they do with ramps.’
      • ‘The menu is so good - so deliciously unfussy - that it is almost impossible to choose (for the record, I had lobster lasagne with a mussel and saffron sauce).’
    2. 1.2Australian, NZ A marine crayfish, especially one whose claws are eaten as food.
    3. 1.3mass noun A deep red colour typical of a cooked lobster.
      as modifier ‘a heavily built man with a lobster nose’
      • ‘He pointed to some on the counter top that were looking all… well… lobster coloured you might say.’
      • ‘There are a lot of you who think Mark ought to get tanning and take a quintessential British lobster colour to the party.’


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  • Catch lobsters.

    ‘he has been lobstering in Maine for 50 years’
    • ‘He said, ‘Just keep lobstering till it runs out, I guess.’’
    • ‘When he's not lobstering you'll find him on a local scallop boat or in a blueberry field.’
    • ‘My brother Cal has been shellfishing (oystering, lobstering, clamming) off the north shore harbors of Long Island, New York since he was sixteen.’
    • ‘Their only son, Frank, is spending the summer on a boat lobstering before going off to an Ivy League school in the fall.’
    • ‘In a matter of minutes, though, we'd pulled out from shore and the first difference between lobstering here and on the Eastern Shore soon became apparent.’


Old English lopustre, alteration of Latin locusta ‘crustacean, locust’.