Definition of lobster in US 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: several species, in particular the American lobster (H. americanus)

    • ‘Eumalacostraca is the group that contains most of the animals the general public recognize as crustaceans, such as shrimp, crabs, lobsters.’
    • ‘Both spiney lobsters and hermit crabs have been observed attacking gastropods in this fashion and both produce the distinctive notched gastropod remains.’
    • ‘You can sometimes find large starfish, edible crabs and squat lobsters here.’
    • ‘When they restaged the match between the same lobsters, the lobster that had lost against the previous opponent always backed down immediately.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Urine-borne chemical cues influence the progression and outcome of agonistic encounters in lobsters and crayfish.’
    • ‘Studies of fouled arthropods include horseshoe crabs, isopods, stomatopods, lobsters, and true crabs.’
    • ‘Marine invertebrates like lobster, prawn, crab, oyster and mussel are also on display.’
    • ‘It takes about eight seconds for a pair of lobsters to copulate; it takes a lot longer to get them into the mood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now and then a pair of lobsters, plated in Prussian blue, jousted in their underwater dungeon.’
    • ‘To attract a mate, the male lobster users his pincers to snip off one of the eyes of the girl he fancies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Polysaccharides are also used in the shells of such crustaceans as crabs and lobsters (chitin).’
    • ‘Decapoda (crabs, lobsters, and shrimps) is the most speciose group within the Malacostraca.’
    • ‘Small edible crabs cling to cracks in the rock, but it seems too exposed for larger crustaceans such as lobsters.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The flesh of the lobster as food.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With that in mind, I was ordering lobster bisque and shrimp fettuccine.’
      • ‘It's made of flat rice noodles and a creamy coconut broth, shot through with bits of lobster and galangal flowers.’
      • ‘Favored dishes include lobster risotto with porcini mushrooms and white truffle oil.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A special of sherried lobster bisque demands to be ordered; its rich brick color and oceanic, lobster-shell tang give it a gutsy character.’
      • ‘In fact, 20-30 years ago unscrupulous restaurateurs in Spanish resorts would pass it off as lobster or scampi to unsuspecting tourists.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Sugar, citrus fruits, and lobster and other seafood then became major exports.’
      • ‘We will be served lobster, oysters, caviar and cheese.’
      • ‘Primarily a seafood restaurant, expect lobster and shrimp spring rolls, grilled octopus and peppercorn crusted yellow-fin tuna.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, it took exactly an hour after ordering before my lobster came.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Order the lemon butter lobster under the stars and try to work out why you didn't move to Sri Lanka years ago.’
      • ‘Glistening chunks of lobster mate with fava beans as deliciously as they do with ramps.’
      • ‘To treat the palate to an unforgettable experience, serve the caviar-topped tartlets with a swirl of reduced lobster bisque.’
      • ‘Mineral rich seafood, oysters, lobster, and fish are considered aphrodisiacs.’
      • ‘People may indulge themselves in a huge variety of seafood delights such as lobster, crab, oyster, caviar and more, along with traditional breakfast choices.’
    2. 1.2NZ, Australian Any of various crustaceans similar to the lobster, especially certain crayfish whose claws are eaten as food.
    3. 1.3 A deep red color typical of a cooked lobster.
      • ‘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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When he's not lobstering you'll find him on a local scallop boat or in a blueberry field.’
    • ‘He said, ‘Just keep lobstering till it runs out, I guess.’’


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