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nutshell Syllabification: nut·shell
Pronunciation: /ˈnətˌSHel/

Definition of nutshell in English:

noun

The hard woody covering around the kernel of a nut.
Example sentences
  • Similarly, hickory, walnut, and acorn nutshells have been recovered from Late Paleoindian and Early Archaic contexts at the Hester site, Smith's Ferry, Pickens County, and Rodgers Shelter.
  • Notably, however, the remains present are fruit stones and nutshells, items that would have been discarded during the final preparation of a meal or at the time of consumption.
  • Fruits and vegetables were available at the time according to the discovery on the same site of fruit stones, nutshells and more stools containing leeks and other vegetable matter.

Phrases

in a nutshell

1
In the fewest possible words: she put the matter in a nutshell
[Originally with allusion to a copy of Homer's Iliad which, as reported by Pliny the Elder, was supposedly small enough to be enclosed in the shell of a nut]
More example sentences
  • Its brief, in a nutshell, is to showcase works of art to as broad a spectrum of people as possible.
  • This, in a nutshell, summarizes the uphill battle of perception facing hedge funds.
  • Yet, in a nutshell, it lacks the originality that it would take to launch a musical revolution.

Words that rhyme with nutshell

infidel • asphodel

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