Lob"ster(?), n. [AS. loppestre, lopystre prob., corrupted fr. L. locusta a marine shellfish, a kind of lobster, a locust. Cf. Locust.] (Zol.) 1. Any large macrurous crustacean used as food, esp. those of the genus Homarus; as the American lobster (Homarus Americanus), and the European lobster (Homarus vulgaris). The Norwegian lobster (Nephrops Norvegicus) is similar in form. All these have a pair of large unequal claws. The spiny lobsters of more southern waters, belonging to Palinurus, Panulirus, and allied genera, have no large claws. The fresh-water crayfishes are sometimes called lobsters.
2. As a term of opprobrium or contempt: A gullible, awkward, bungling, or undesirable person.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
(Zol.), the caterpillar of a European bombycid moth (Stauropus fagi); -- so called from its form.
(Zol.), a copepod crustacean (Nicotho astaci) parasitic on the gills of the European lobster.
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