Oyster

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The word oyster is used as a common name for a number of distinct groups of bivalve molluscs which live in marine or brackish habitats. The valves are highly calcified.

Some kinds of oyster are commonly consumed by humans, cooked or raw. Other kinds, such as pearl oysters, are not.

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Etymology

First attested in English 14th century, the word oyster comes from Old French "oistre", in turn from Latin "ostrea", the feminine form of "ostreum",[1] which is the romanization of the Greek "ὄστρεον" (ostreon), "oyster".[2] Compare "ὀστέον" (osteon), "bone".[3]

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