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[see-shel] /ˈsiˌʃɛl/
the shell of any marine mollusk.
Origin of seashell
before 900; Old English sǣscill (not recorded in Middle English) see sea, shell Unabridged
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  • He was just opening it when the seashell was sent whizzing forward.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
  • In the middle of the afternoon, a seashell struck his paper, glanced off.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • Mrs. Carradyne herself might have sat at it now, and never once blushed by as much as the pink of a seashell.

    Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Polecrab wiped his mouth, and produced a seashell from a kind of pocket.

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
  • A ringing came in my ears as when one puts a seashell to them and hears the drowsy murmur of the tides.

  • The eastern sky, vivid with seashell tints, hovered so low that the topmost crags seemed to support its glowing colors.

    With Hoops of Steel Florence Finch Kelly
  • So grew the palace that should murmur, like a seashell, in the ear of the world the secret of love.

  • Muhuslà ang unud sa kinhasun kun supsúpun, The flesh of the seashell will come out if you suck on it.

  • Wherever he went and whatever he did these confused suspicions resounded in his ears like the murmur in a seashell.

    The Redemption of David Corson Charles Frederic Goss
  • How strange was the monotonous sound of the waves, mournful and distant, like the sound in a seashell!

British Dictionary definitions for seashell


the empty shell of a marine mollusc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seashell

also sea-shell, Old English sæscel; see sea and shell (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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