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nutshell Line breaks: nut|shell
Pronunciation: /ˈnʌtʃɛl/

Definition of nutshell in English:


1The 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.
2 (nut shell) Any of a number of bivalve molluscs occurring chiefly in cool seas, in particular:


in a nutshell
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.
in short, briefly, in brief, to put it briefly, to cut a long story short, in a word, to sum up, in sum, to come to the point, in essence, in outline
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