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lobster

Definitions

  • Baby looking at lobster
    Baby looking at lobster
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lobster any of several edible marine crustaceans of the families Homaridae and Nephropsidae and Palinuridae
    • n lobster flesh of a lobster
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest distance a deepwater lobster has been recorded to travel is 225 miles
    • Lobster Any large macrurous crustacean used as food, esp. those of the genus Homarus; as the American lobster (Homarus Americanus), and the European lobster (Homarus vulgaris). The Norwegian lobster (Nephrops Norvegicus) is similar in form. All these have a pair of large unequal claws. The spiny lobsters of more southern waters, belonging to Palinurus Panulirus, and allied genera, have no large claws. The fresh-water crayfishes are sometimes called lobsters.
    • Lobster As a term of opprobrium or contempt: A gullible, awkward, bungling, or undesirable person.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It takes a lobster approximately seven years to grow to be one pound.
    • n lobster A marine, stalk-eyed, long-tailed, ten-footed crustacean of the subclass Podophthalma or Thoracostraca, order Decapoda, suborder Macrura, family Homaridæ, and genus Homarus, such as H. vulgaris of Europe or H. americanus of the Atlantic coast of North America. The lobster has two pairs of feelers, one pair short, the other remarkably long. The mouthparts are modified legs, as in all crustaceans and other arthropods. The first pair of ambulatory legs are enormously and unsymmetrically enlarged and chelate, being the great so-called “claws.” The other four pairs of legs are smaller and more strictly ambulatorial, ending in simple pincers or single hooks. The cephalothorax is a large soldered carapace. The abdomen or tail is long, jointed, and flexible, consisting of hard rings or segments on top and at the sides, and of a soft but tough membrane underneath, which bears the pleiopods, swimmerets, or swimming-feet; it ends in a set of shelly plates, the telson, spreading like a fan, used in swimming. The hairy flaps or processes attached to the roots of the walking-legs are the gills or breathing-organs. The female carries masses of eggs (the coral or berry) under the abdomen. The most fleshy parts are the muscles of the great claws and of the tail. The eyes are mounted on short movable stalks, the ophthalmites. Lobsters are carnivorous and predatory. They live chiefly on rocky sea-coasts. They molt or cast their shell periodically. The natural color is variously greenish, bluish, livid, etc.; the familiar bright-red color is due to boiling. The flesh is savory, and the lobster-industry is one of high economic importance.
    • n lobster One of several other crustaceans resembling the above. The Norway lobster is Nephrops norvegicus, of the family Homaridæ. Various crawfishes of the family Astacidæ are sometimes called fresh-water lobsters. A related marine crustacean of the family Palinuridæ, Palinurus vulgaris, the sea-crawfish, is known as the spring lobster, rock-lobster, and spiny lobster.
    • n lobster The common sole, Solea vulgaris.
    • n lobster A stoat.
    • n lobster A British soldier: probably so called originally in allusion to his cuirass, but the name is now generally supposed to refer to his red coat.
    • n lobster A dull fellow, who is easily imposed upon; an irritating blockhead; a foolish bore; a chump: a vague term for contempt.
    • n lobster In cricket, a bowler of lobs or underhand balls. See lob, 8.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes seven years for a lobster to weigh one pound.
    • n Lobster lob′stėr a shellfish with large claws, used for food:
    • n Lobster lob′stėr (slang) a British soldier.
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. loppestre, lopystre, prob., corrupted fr. L. locusta, a marine shellfish, a kind of lobster, a locust. Cf. Locust
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. loppestre, lopust—L. locusta, a lobster.

Usage

In literature:

Cunners and lobsters are sometimes caught off bold rocks in a net.
"How to Camp Out" by John M. Gould
Here I keep my crab and lobster pots, as it is easily accessible from the house.
"Jethou" by E. R. Suffling
A lobster should always be bought when he is alive and green and boiled at home.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
The presence of a lobster produced a lively impression upon him.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
I do not think there was anything personal in this; he recommended the lobster because lobster was the most expensive thing he had in stock.
"Eating in Two or Three Languages" by Irvin S. Cobb
He gets miffed easy an' I wouldn't have his feelin's hurt fur a pot of lobsters.
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
Anchovies or any cooked fish may be substituted for the lobster.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
Is it wrong to can lobsters?
"Under the Great Bear" by Kirk Munroe
I was looking for some of my lobster pots.
"The Outdoor Girls at Ocean View" by Laura Lee Hope
Aunt Lu's ring was in my lobster claw!
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on Grandpa's Farm" by Laura Lee Hope
It was a boiled lobster of anomalous proportions.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
Lobsters and crabs are excellent types of armour-bearing animals.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
You only use her for taking out the lobster-pots.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
He don't know any more about what's in the air than a museum mummy knows of Lobster Square.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Lobsters are not found naturally in the Pacific, but shipments of lobsters have been made from the Atlantic coast.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
There were lobsters for lunch, and his passion for lobsters had made him the talk of three New York clubs.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Was that unlucky lobster, then, to haunt me all the days of my life?
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
Lobster caught her by the nose and held on.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
Here is a crawling pile of black lobsters; they are alive, and they turn bright-red when they have been boiled.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Told me to tell you he'd be after you for lobsters before long.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
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In poetry:

No lobster on earth,
That ever I saw,
To me would be worth
Sixpence a claw.
"On The High Price Of Fish" by William Cowper
Luxurious lobster-nights, farewell,
For sober, studious days!
And Burlington's delicious meal,
For salads, tarts, and pease!
"Farewell to London" by Alexander Pope
Thus when the Lobster, lull'd by murm'ring Seas,
Clings to the Rock reclin'd in thoughtless Ease,
Unseen the wily Preke impetuous springs,
And all his branching Arms around the Captive flings.
"Oppian's Halieuticks Part I: Of The Nature of Fishes: In Two Books: Book Two" by William Diaper
A lobster then, so to speak,
Is, my child, an awful freak;
For if you get him in a stew,
He'll blush quite red and glare at you.
Yet if you eat much lobster salad,
It will make you very pallid.
"The Lobster" by Edwin Carty Ranck
His face was like a lobster red,
His legs were white as mayonnaise:
"I've had a jolly lunch," he said,
That Englishman of pleasant ways.
"Thy do us well at our hotel:
In England food is dull these days."
"Lobster For Lunch" by Robert W Service
But George, alas! came never back.
Of him they failed to find a trace;
His wife and kids are wearing black,
And miss a lot his jolly face . . .
But oh how all the lobsters laugh,
And write in wrack his epitaph.
"Lobster For Lunch" by Robert W Service

In news:

Breezy Lobster Curry Mac 'n' Cheese with Crispy Crab Topping.
Protesters at New Brunswick lobster processing plants last week refused to allow truckers from Maine to offload their lobsters.
Linda Bean's Maine Lobster 's Shrimp Wiggle.
SCARBOROUGH — The early arrival of soft-shell lobsters along the southern Maine coast has industry insiders scratching their heads about what the unusual spring landings mean for the rest of the season.
Bluegill's or a 100 year old 27 pound Maine Lobster .
27-pound lobster: Rocky looks like he could pack a punch.
A 27-pound lobster dubbed Rocky was donated to the Maine State Aquarium.
The really horrific ways so many Dallas kitchens mangle lobster.
Maybe I've just had a run of bad lobster days.
But I am finally fed up enough to get a good rant on about the really horrific ways so many Dallas kitchens mangle lobster.
WISCONSIN means cheese, Florida means oranges, Texas means beef, Maine means lobsters -- and Idaho means potatoes.
Pound Large Shrimp ½ Pound Sea Scallops ¼ Pound Lobster Meat ½ Cup Lump Crab Meat.
Season the shrimp, scallops, and lobster with salt and pepper.
I't hard to mess up lobster tail.
Every day is a good day for lobster.
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In science:

Our proof is partially based on the solution of the so-called ”Lobster problem”.
The wave equation on static singular space-times
Bilateral gynandromorphs are half male and half female split down the middle like the lobster in Fig.1a and the Rooster-Hen in Fig.5a.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
Fig.1a Lobster, yellow male on the right hand side, green-brown female on the left hand side.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
These optics have been developed extensively by the University of Leicester and ESA’s ESTEC center, for use in the LOBSTER all sky monitor program (Fraser, G. & Bannister, N., 2002), based on an original concept by Roger Angel (1979).
The Extreme Physics Explorer
LIMSAT16 in the UV, rejuvenation and repurposing of WISE for thermal IR searches and a Lobster-type mission in the X-rays).
Cosmic Explosions (Optical Transients)
The NASDAQ trading data used in Section 8 has been reconstructed from the order book with LOBSTER provided by the high-frequency econometrics team at the Chair of Econometrics, School of Business and Economics, Humboldt-Universit ¨at zu Berlin, Germany.
Inference for Multi-Dimensional High-Frequency Data: Equivalence of Methods, Central Limit Theorems, and an Application to Conditional Independence Testing
Natural open problems include finding optimal labeling schemes, proof of NP hardness or good approximations for various classes of graphs, such as general caterpillars, lobsters, trees, interval graphs, cubic graphs, regular bipartite graphs.
Maximum Differential Coloring of Caterpillars and Spiders
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