Definition of The Walrus and the Carpenter from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


The Walrus and the Carpenter

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a famous nonsense poem in the children's book Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. It describes how the walrus and the carpenter persuade some young oysters (= a type of shellfish) to come with them, and then they eat them. The poem's best-known lines are:
'The time has come', the walrus said,'To talk of many things:Of shoes – and ships – and sealing-wax –Of cabbages – and kings.’