- oyster[oyster 词源字典]
- oyster:  The Greek word for ‘oyster’ was óstreon – etymologically an allusion to its shell. It came from a prehistoric Indo-European base *ost- denoting ‘bone’, which also produced Greek ostéon ‘bone’ (source of the English prefix osteo-), ostakós ‘crustacean’, and óstrakon ‘shell, piece of broken pottery’ (source of English ostracism). Óstreon passed into Latin as ostrea, and from there came by way of Old French oistre into English as oyster.
=> osteo[oyster etymology, oyster origin, 英语词源]
- oyster (n.)
- early 14c., from Old French oistre (Modern French huître), from Latin ostrea, plural or fem. of ostreum "oyster," from Greek ostreon, from PIE *ost- "bone" (see osseous). Related to Greek ostrakon "hard shell" and to osteon "bone."
Why then the world's mine Oyster, which I, with sword will open. [Shakespeare, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," II.ii.2]