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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

oyster

[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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Analysis of microgrowth patterns of the American oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in the middle Atlantic region of North America: archaeological applications.
Chemical stimulants affecting larval settlement in the American oyster. Proc.
Protective role of alginic acid against metal uptake by American Oyster (Crassostrea virginica).
In the American oyster, most individuals are male at the first breeding season, but the proportion of females increases thereafter, passing equality at two to three years and resulting in an excess of females in the oldest oysters (Coe 1932; Galtsoff 1964; Mackie 1984).
One widespread temperate reef builder, the American oyster (Crassostrea virginica, also known as the "eastern oyster," Am.
Species profiles: life histories and environmental requirements of coastal fishes and invertebrates (South Atlantic): American oyster. U.S.
Habitat suitability index models: Gulf of Mexico American oyster. FWS/OBS-82/10.57.
In a similar study, the American oyster Crasssostrea virginica was found to display a similar pattern of most successful recruitment to its native habitat in fall (Roegner & Mann 1995).
Energy partitioning in the American oyster, Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin).
The American oyster Crassostrea virginica: morphology and structure of shell.

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