According to the English Wiktionary there are four Chinese terms equivalent to English "oyster":

  • mǔlì : 牡蠣 / 牡蛎
  • hǎilìzi : 海蠣子
  • háo : 蚝
  • háozi : 蚝子

Is one of these standard or most common in Taiwan? What's the difference between them all?

  • don't forget 蚝's variant form: 蠔 Feb 3, 2014 at 21:07

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In Taiwanese 蚵仔 (ô á), in Taiwan Mandarin 牡蛎 (mǔ lì).

There's also 蛤蠣 (há lì) but this means clams.


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