American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The soft, green liver of cooked lobster, considered a delicacy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The soft yellowish or greenish hepatic substance or so-called liver of the lobster. As used for food it is also called sauce. See green-gland (under gland) and hepatopancreas.
- n. edible greenish substance in boiled lobster
- Galibi tamali. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A substance known as tomalley access the lobster's liver and pancreas.”
“Same with crawfish tomalley except orange instead of green.”
“I think I would like tomalley more if it weren't that color.”
“And, I'm sure this may gross some of you out but to me, it's like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: lots of tomalley, the creamy, green substance found in the cavity of the lobster:”
“Is it safe to eat fish skin or crab and lobster entrails (tomalley)? —”
“The Food and Drug Administration warned against eating lobster tomalley in the summer of 2008 due to high levels of a naturally occurring toxin likely stemming from red tides, or dangerous algal bloom.”
“Don't eat the green tomalley, or liver, in lobsters or the "mustard" in blue crabs; they may contain high levels of harmful chemicals known as PCBs or other toxins.”
“And you should avoid eating tomalley, the greenish substance in a crustacean's gut that serves as a liver and pancreas, even though some people consider it a delicacy.”
“Is it safe to eat fish skin or crab and lobster entrails tomalley?”
“I like to also reach under the shell and scrape out the yellow tomalley.”
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