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half shell

either of the halves of a double-shelled creature, as of an oyster, clam, or other bivalve mollusk.
Origin of half shell
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tearing it loose he saw at this place a dark, purplish spot just like one on the other half shell.

  • Season two dozen oysters on the half shell with salt and pepper.

  • The half shell of an egg will remove bits of shell from broken eggs much better than a spoon.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • There was also oyster stew, oysters and clams on the half shell and mince pies that some soldiers wife had made for us.

    Drum Taps in Dixie Delavan S. Miller
  • Like them, you have eaten oysters on the half shell, and they're usually alive when you gulp them down.

    To Choke an Ocean Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
  • The secret of this lies in the fact that the performer is provided with a half shell of clear glass.

    Magic Ellis Stanyon
  • He found that a thickened muscle near the middle part was fastened to the half shell.

  • Spread this paste on top of a dozen oysters on the half shell, and bake in oven for about five minutes.

  • The half shell of the cylinder as shown occupies 196 degrees or the larger arc embraced between the radial lines k and l.

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