Definitions

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

  • n. The soft, green liver of cooked lobster, considered a delicacy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The hepatopancreas of a crustacean.

from The 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.

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

  • n. edible greenish substance in boiled lobster

Etymologies

Galibi tamali.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • *hork*

    May 30, 2011

  • "Chilled half-lobster, with an unsightly smear of tomalley vinaigrette, gets by on its winning personality (it's well steamed and satisfying, and it's lobster, after all."
    - Shauna Lyon, "Tables for Two: The John Dory Oyster Bar" in the May 30, 2011 issue of the New Yorker, p 18

    May 30, 2011

  • not to be confused with hot tomales

    June 22, 2009

  • What Weirdnet fails to mention is that tomalley is also the brother of famed Australian poet Ern Malley, and a direct descendant of Ireland's infamous swashbuckling Elizabethan piratess, Grace O' Malley (aka 'Granuaile').

    Anyone wishing to learn more about swashbuckling Elizabethan Irish lady pirates is referred to the excellent "Skye O' Malley" books by the redoubtable Bertrice Small.

    June 22, 2009

  • a slight bump on the head from WeirdNet if one clicks "more"

    June 21, 2009

  • Eeew. Eeew. Eeew.

    October 13, 2007

  • TORONTO -- While it seems hard to imagine the warning is necessary, Health Canada is urging people to limit their consumption of lobster tomalley - the green goo most people quickly scrap away as they get ready to sink their teeth into succulent lobster meat.

    Turns out the tomalley, which serves as a liver and pancreas for a lobster, can sometimes contain a toxin known as paralytic shellfish poison. If ingested in large amounts, the toxin can cause tingling and numbing of the arms and legs, headaches, dizziness and nausea. In rare cases paralysis, respiratory difficult and even death can occur, if medical help isn't procured.

    Adults should limit themselves to the tomalley of no more than two lobsters a day, the department warns, while one a day should be the limit for children.

    October 13, 2007