from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small and light fork designed for use in eating oysters, especially raw oysters served on the half-shell.
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The knives and forks are laid at the right and left of the plate, the oyster-fork and the spoon being conveniently to hand.
For a dinner in courses a cover consists of a small plate (on which to set the oyster plate), two large knives, three large forks (for the roast, the game, and _entrées_), one small knife and fork (for the fish), one tablespoon (for the soup), one oyster-fork.
I looked at Aunt Lucy, who sat with a resigned expression, toying with her unused oyster-fork.