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

    • ‘Five hundred lobsters were tagged and recorded in one day - a sizeable task.’
    • ‘Common lobsters, edible crabs, velvet swimming crabs, shore crabs and hermit crabs were common.’
    • ‘Decapoda (crabs, lobsters, and shrimps) is the most speciose group within the Malacostraca.’
    • ‘Eumalacostraca is the group that contains most of the animals the general public recognize as crustaceans, such as shrimp, crabs, lobsters.’
    • ‘You can sometimes find large starfish, edible crabs and squat lobsters here.’
    • ‘Urine-borne chemical cues influence the progression and outcome of agonistic encounters in lobsters and crayfish.’
    • ‘We passed a ledge where a massive potato bass was hanging out with five large lobsters.’
    • ‘Polysaccharides are also used in the shells of such crustaceans as crabs and lobsters (chitin).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To attract a mate, the male lobster users his pincers to snip off one of the eyes of the girl he fancies.’
    • ‘When they restaged the match between the same lobsters, the lobster that had lost against the previous opponent always backed down immediately.’
    • ‘Now and then a pair of lobsters, plated in Prussian blue, jousted in their underwater dungeon.’
    • ‘Marine invertebrates like lobster, prawn, crab, oyster and mussel are also on display.’
    • ‘Small edible crabs cling to cracks in the rock, but it seems too exposed for larger crustaceans such as lobsters.’
    • ‘Both spiney lobsters and hermit crabs have been observed attacking gastropods in this fashion and both produce the distinctive notched gastropod remains.’
    • ‘Its sheer walls provide homes for edible crabs and squat lobsters and at one point mussels.’
    • ‘It takes about eight seconds for a pair of lobsters to copulate; it takes a lot longer to get them into the mood.’
    • ‘Studies of fouled arthropods include horseshoe crabs, isopods, stomatopods, lobsters, and true crabs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The flesh of the lobster as food.
      ‘she ordered lobster and a glass of white wine’
      as modifier ‘lobster bisque’
      • ‘Mineral rich seafood, oysters, lobster, and fish are considered aphrodisiacs.’
      • ‘However, it took exactly an hour after ordering before my lobster came.’
      • ‘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 special of sherried lobster bisque demands to be ordered; its rich brick color and oceanic, lobster-shell tang give it a gutsy character.’
      • ‘People may indulge themselves in a huge variety of seafood delights such as lobster, crab, oyster, caviar and more, along with traditional breakfast choices.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, 20-30 years ago unscrupulous restaurateurs in Spanish resorts would pass it off as lobster or scampi to unsuspecting tourists.’
      • ‘To treat the palate to an unforgettable experience, serve the caviar-topped tartlets with a swirl of reduced lobster bisque.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Order the lemon butter lobster under the stars and try to work out why you didn't move to Sri Lanka years ago.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Glistening chunks of lobster mate with fava beans as deliciously as they do with ramps.’
      • ‘Sugar, citrus fruits, and lobster and other seafood then became major exports.’
      • ‘Favored dishes include lobster risotto with porcini mushrooms and white truffle oil.’
      • ‘Primarily a seafood restaurant, expect lobster and shrimp spring rolls, grilled octopus and peppercorn crusted yellow-fin tuna.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With that in mind, I was ordering lobster bisque and shrimp fettuccine.’
      • ‘We will be served lobster, oysters, caviar and cheese.’
      • ‘It's made of flat rice noodles and a creamy coconut broth, shot through with bits of lobster and galangal flowers.’
    2. 1.2NZ, Australian 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said, ‘Just keep lobstering till it runs out, I guess.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their only son, Frank, is spending the summer on a boat lobstering before going off to an Ivy League school in the fall.’


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