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In full "Marennes oyster". An edible oyster, Ostrea edulis, of a variety farmed in the region of Marennes, noted for its grey or green colour and excellent flavour.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The New English Dictionary. From French Marennes from Marennes, the name of a coastal town in the department of Charente-Maritime in western France, where the oysters are cultivated.
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