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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several edible marine crustaceans of the family Homaridae, especially of the genus Homarus, having stalked eyes, long antennae, and five pairs of legs, the first pair of which is modified into large pincers.
  • n. Any of several crustaceans, such as the spiny lobster, that are related to the lobsters.
  • n. The flesh of a lobster used as food.
  • intransitive v. To search for and catch lobsters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. red-colored, especially from a sunburn.
  • n. A crustacean of the Nephropidae family, normally red in colour, with claws, which is used as an expensive seafood.
  • n. A soldier or officer of the imperial British Army (due to their red or scarlet uniform).
  • n. An Australian twenty dollar note, due to its reddish-orange colour.
  • v. To fish for lobsters.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. As a term of opprobrium or contempt: A gullible, awkward, bungling, or undesirable person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. One of several other crustaceans resembling the above.
  • n. The common sole, Solea vulgaris.
  • n. A stoat.
  • n. 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. A dull fellow, who is easily imposed upon; an irritating blockhead; a foolish bore; a chump: a vague term for contempt.
  • n. In cricket, a bowler of lobs or underhand balls. See lob, 8.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. flesh of a lobster
  • n. any of several edible marine crustaceans of the families Homaridae and Nephropsidae and Palinuridae

Etymologies

Middle English lopster, lobstere, from Old English loppestre, alteration (perhaps influenced by loppe, lobbe, spider) of Latin locusta.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lopster ("lobster"), from Old English loppestre ("lobster, spider-like creature"), believed to be a corruption of Latin locusta ("lobster, locust") + the Old English feminine agent suffix -estre; or from Old English lobbe, loppe ("spider") + the Old English feminine agent suffix -estre, equivalent to lop +‎ -ster. More at lop. (Wiktionary)

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  • "What made it worse, being English, they did not want to eat unfamiliar food.... The waters were so rich in lobsters that they were literally crawling out of the sea and piling up inhospitably on the beaches. But the Pilgrims, and most people until this century, did not want to eat these huge, clacking, speckled sea monsters. Apparently in desperation, they were eventually reduced to eating lobster. In 1622, Bradford reported with shame that conditions were so bad for the settlers of New England that the only 'dish they could presente sic their friends with was a lobster.'"
    —Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (New York: Penguin, 1997), 69

    p.s. Thanks, Weirdnet.

    July 15, 2009

  • "The world is my lobster."
    - Irish soccer international Keith O'Neill trying to look on the bright side (I think) after injury cut short his career.

    February 16, 2009

  • One who is apt to lob.

    December 11, 2008