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shell British & World English

The hard protective outer case of a mollusc or crustacean

one's shell in shell British & World English

Used with reference to a state of shyness or introversion

she'll British & World English

She shall; she will

ear shell British & World English

another term for abalone.

pen shell British & World English

A large wedge-shaped bivalve mollusc of warm seas which burrows into the seabed where it attaches itself by strong byssus threads

shell bit British & World English

A gouge-shaped boring bit

shell egg British & World English

An egg bought or sold in its natural state in the shell

shell top British & World English

A short sleeveless top, typically having button fastenings down the back and a simple shape with a high neckline

top shell British & World English

A marine mollusc which has a low conical shell with a pearly interior, widespread in tropical and temperate seas

boat shell British & World English

North American term for slipper limpet.

cone shell British & World English

A predatory mollusc of warm seas, with a conical, typically intricately patterned, shell. It captures prey by injecting venom, which can be lethal to humans, and the shells are popular with collectors

dove shell British & World English

A small mollusc with a robust shell, occurring in tropical and subtropical seas

file shell British & World English

A free-swimming bivalve mollusc, the shell of which is typically white and has a rough, ribbed external surface

otter shell British & World English

A burrowing marine bivalve mollusc with a relatively thin elliptical shell

patty shell British & World English

A shell of puff pastry with a cooked meat or vegetable filling

moon shell British & World English

A marine mollusc with a shiny, almost spherical, shell and a large foot

shell game British & World English

another term for thimblerig.

shell heap British & World English

A mound of domestic waste consisting mainly of shells, common at prehistoric sites

shell-like British & World English

Resembling a shell in shape or appearance

shell lime British & World English

Fine-quality lime produced by roasting seashells

shell money British & World English

Shells used as a medium of exchange, especially wampum

shell mound British & World English

another term for shell heap.

shell pink British & World English

A delicate pale pink

shell shock British & World English

Psychological disturbance caused by prolonged exposure to active warfare, especially being under bombardment

shell suit British & World English

A casual outfit consisting of a loose jacket and trousers with elasticated waist, having a soft lining and a shiny polyester outer shell

razor shell British & World English

A burrowing bivalve mollusc with a long slender shell which resembles the handle of a cut-throat razor

spire shell British & World English

A marine or freshwater mollusc with a long conical spiral shell

star shell British & World English

An explosive projectile designed to burst in the air and light up an enemy’s position

tooth shell British & World English

another term for tusk shell.

tulip shell British & World English

A predatory marine mollusc with a sculptured spiral shell resembling that of a whelk

tusk shell British & World English

A burrowing mollusc with a slender tusk-shaped shell, which is open at both ends and typically white, and a three-lobed foot

vase shell British & World English

A predatory mollusc of warm seas, with a heavy ribbed shell that has blunt spines and is typically pale with chestnut markings

horn shell British & World English

A mollusc with a long tapering shell, occurring in brackish and marine waters

hard-shell British & World English

Having a hard shell or outer casing

lamp shell British & World English

A marine invertebrate which superficially resembles a bivalve mollusc but has two or more arms of ciliated tentacles (lophophores) that are extended for filter-feeding. Lamp shells are common as fossils

worm shell British & World English

A marine mollusc with a shell that forms loose irregular coils, giving it a worm-like appearance

wedge shell British & World English

A marine bivalve mollusc which has a somewhat triangular shell

breast shell British & World English

A shallow plastic receptacle that fits over the nipple of a lactating woman to catch any milk that flows

carpet shell British & World English

A burrowing bivalve mollusc of temperate and warm seas, with concentric growth rings and irregular coloured markings

carrier shell British & World English

A mollusc of warm seas which camouflages itself by cementing shell fragments and pebbles to its shell

scallop shell British & World English

A single valve from the shell of a scallop

shell company British & World English

A non-trading company used as a vehicle for various financial manoeuvres or kept dormant for future use in some other capacity

shell jacket British & World English

An army officer’s tight-fitting undress jacket reaching to the waist

shell program British & World English

A program which provides an interface between the user and the operating system

shell-shocked British & World English

Suffering from shell shock

spindle shell British & World English

A predatory marine mollusc which has a shell that forms a long slender spiral with a narrow canal extending downwards from the aperture

sunset shell British & World English

A burrowing bivalve mollusc with a long oval shell which (in some kinds) is pinkish with ray-like markings

trough shell British & World English

A burrowing marine bivalve mollusc with a thin smooth shell

trumpet shell British & World English

The shell of a large marine mollusc which can be blown to produce a loud note

turret shell British & World English

A mollusc with a long, slender, pointed spiral shell, typically brightly coloured and living in tropical seas


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