from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An oyster-shop in a cellar or basement.


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  • Indeed, he used to be accused of preaching in his poetry by gentle critics who held that Elysium was to be found in an oyster-cellar, and that intemperance was the royal prerogative of genius.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 74, December, 1863

  • Day was just beginning to dawn when I passed the open door of an oyster-cellar, from which two men were emerging.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

  • Whether you sell it in low oyster-cellar or behind the polished counter of a first-class hotel, the divine curse is upon you.

    The world's great sermons, Volume 08 Talmage to Knox Little

  • Men wishing to gamble will find places just suited to their capacity, not only in the underground oyster-cellar, or at the table back of the curtain, covered with greasy cards, or in the steamboat smoking cabin, where the bloated wretch with rings in his ears deals out his pack, and winks in the unsuspecting traveller, -- providing free drinks all around, -- but in gilded parlors and amid gorgeous surroundings.

    The Abominations of Modern Society

  • This was an oyster-cellar which had been recently opened under the Arch Street


  • With a scrape of the foot, and such a bow as only a negro can make, the old cook marched off with his fortune; and I have no doubt at once invested it in a grand, underground oyster-cellar.

    Redburn. His First Voyage

  • It was in the evening; and he invited me down into his sanctum to supper; and there we sat together like a couple in a box at an oyster-cellar.

    Redburn. His First Voyage

  • Well, I thought I opened the box and found in it a little iron man, in regimentals; with his sword by his side and a cocked hat on, looking very much like the picture in the transparency over neighbor O'Neal's oyster-cellar across the way.

    The Complete Works of Whittier

  • All the men in America are busy; their whole time is engrossed by their accumulation of money; they breakfast early and repair to their stores or counting-houses; the majority of them do not go home to dinner, but eat at the nearest tavern or oyster-cellar, for they generally live at a considerable distance from the business part of the town, and time is too precious to be thrown away.

    Diary in America, Series Two

  • “Now, I'd much rather be in Philadelphia,” said he, in a voice but little louder than a, whisper, and unconscious of giving utterance to his thoughts ” “a great deal rather be there ” in some comfortable oyster-cellar ” than standing out here in the lone wilderness, up to my knees in snow, and expecting every minute to have a poisoned arrow shot through my head.

    Wild Western Scenes


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