Definition of eggshell in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛɡʃɛl/


1The thin, hard outer layer of an egg, especially a hen’s egg: Emily was peeling off her eggshell [mass noun]: pieces of eggshell are being examined to study possible contamination
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  • It didn't kill birds directly, but it did affect their internal calcium gradients so that all eggshells were too thin and collapsed when the parents incubated them.
  • ‘The stress translates into thinner eggshells, causing more losses because of their fragility,’ explains Robertson.
  • Although pieces of eggshells were collected by Standhardt from the Late Cretaceous deposits in Big Bend, no complete eggs or nests have been found in the area.
1.1Used in similes and metaphors to refer to the fragile nature of something: the truck would crush his car like an eggshell
2 [as modifier] (Of china) of extreme thinness and delicacy: eggshell porcelains
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  • Frenchman Emile Galle's glass, the gorgeous Rozenberg items in eggshell porcelain and William Moorcrofts's pair of Flamminian Ware vases, like the Mucha works, provide the many highlights of the Blackwell exhibition.
  • The eggshell thinness of the excised porcelain and the transparency of the glaze impart a striking translucency when the vase is held up to the light.
  • I found rabbit bones as delicate and thin as the finest eggshell porcelain, and crunched across the beaches to pick up pebbles of orange, green and black.
3 [mass noun] (also eggshell paint) A paint that dries with a slight sheen: the woodwork was painted in eggshell [as modifier]: an eggshell finish
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  • He uses an oil based eggshell paint rather than a water-based emulsion for the base coats.
  • Surfaces painted with semi-gloss or eggshell finish paints are easier to clean than flat-finish paints.
  • If you prefer a less-glossy finish on woodwork, eggshell or satin may be used there as well.

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