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Oyster-knife

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Oyster-knife a knife for opening oysters
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. oistre (Fr. huître)—L. ostrea—Gr. ostreon, an oyster—osteon, a bone.

Usage

In literature:

It is a broadsword to an oyster-knife.
"Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
There are few positions more tantalizing to a hungry man than that of being surrounded b oysters without a knife.
"Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
Christie, by an impulse, not justifiable, but natural, drew her oyster-knife out, and this time the man really went away.
"Christie Johnstone" by Charles Reade
So weary walked home; in my way bought a large kitchen knife and half dozen oyster knives.
"Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1663" by Samuel Pepys
It is the knife wherewith you can open the world's oyster.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
It was a knife Bunker had used to open clams and oysters, and was not very sharp.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus" by Laura Lee Hope
Split with a silver knife and use an oyster fork to pick out the meat.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
The shells were open a little, as if the oyster was feeding, which enabled the captain to introduce his knife.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
There were oysters and ducks with the juices following the knife, hot breads, wild grape jelly, hominy and celery.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
These it opens as adroitly with its claws as an oyster-man could with his knife.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
It ain't a oyster, that ye can open it up with a big knife I guess.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
Scrape the vegetable and cut into small pieces with a silver knife (a steel knife would darken the oyster plant).
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
Tom remembered well what would have been his portion, as he sat on the dirty cellar steps and pegged away with his oyster-knife.
"Harper's Young People, January 13, 1880" by Various
Scald the oysters in their liquor; drain and cut each one into four pieces with a silver knife.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
The blades of these pikes were short and flat and had the rounded point of an oyster-knife.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
Then with his knife he set to work to open the oysters.
"The Marriage of Esther" by Guy Boothby
The poor man, to whom a good degree means a knife with which he will open the world's oyster, suffers more greatly than the wealthier man.
"'I Believe' and other essays" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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In news:

ERIC RIPERT took a table knife to an oyster on the half shell, detached it and then, with no ceremony but ample gusto, slurped the mollusk from its shell.
The pedigree is fine—it's owned by the family that owns Dock's Oyster House and the Knife and Fork Inn.
ASK LOCAL CHEFS who's best with an oyster knife, and you'll hear this a lot: the ladies manning the raw bar at Neptune Oyster.
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