lobster (1)




  • A crustacean of the Nephropidae family, dark green or blue-black in colour turning bright red when cooked, with a hard shell and claws, which is used as a seafood.
  • A crustacean of the Palinuridae family, pinkish red in colour, with a hard, spiny shell but no claws, which is used as a seafood.
  • A soldier or officer of the imperial British Army (due to their red or scarlet uniform).
  • An Australian twenty dollar note, due to its reddish-orange colour.


  • To fish for lobsters.


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  • From Middle English lopster, from Old English loppestre, believed to be a corruption of Latin locusta + the Old English feminine agent suffix -estre.
  • Alternatively, from Old English lobbe, loppe + the Old English feminine agent suffix -estre, equivalent to lop + -ster.

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