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oyster

(oi′stər)
n.
a. Any of several edible bivalve mollusks of the family Ostreidae, having a rough, irregularly shaped shell attached to the substrate in shallow marine waters. Oysters are widely cultivated for food.
b. Any of various similar or related bivalve mollusks, such as the pearl oyster.
intr.v. oys·tered, oys·tering, oys·ters
To gather, dredge for, or raise oysters.
A bivalved mollusc which may be consumed raw or cooked
Health benefits Oysters are a natural source of iron, zinc and selenium, as well as vitamin B12

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[AS. oistre]
A shellfish that, when eaten raw or only partially cooked, may be a source of hepatitis A virus and bacterial pathogens. See: diarrhea, travelers'

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Reproductive patterns of American oyster Crassostrea virginica from different coastal lagoons of Tabasco, Gulf of Mexico and a management proposal.
Analysis of microgrowth patterns of the American oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in the middle Atlantic region of North America: archaeological applications.
Growth of the American oyster, Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin) in Florida waters.
Effect of a commercial fungicide on the viability and phagocytosis of hemocytes of the American oyster Crassostrea virginica.
Early recruitment and growth of the American oyster Crassostrea virginica (Bivalvia: Ostreidae) with respect to tidal zonation and season.
The American oyster Crassostrea virginica: morphology and structure of shell.

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