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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. 2018.
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  • Season two dozen oysters on the half shell with salt and pepper.

  • 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
  • Oysters that are to be eaten raw are frequently served on the half shell.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • 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
  • The secret of this lies in the fact that the performer is provided with a half shell of clear glass.

    Magic Ellis Stanyon
  • I should like a rhunossyross on the half shell, or a hippopotamus on toast, or a horse and wagon roasted whole.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
  • The orderly dressed me in a quaint suit of pyjamas cut on the half shell and buttoning stylishly in the back, princesse mode.

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

  • Starfish have been eating oysters on the half shell for millions of years.

    To Choke an Ocean

    Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone

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