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[shel-fish] /ˈʃɛlˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) shellfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) shellfishes.
an aquatic animal having a shell, as the oyster and other mollusks and the lobster and other crustaceans.
Origin of shellfish
before 900; Middle English; Old English scilfisc. See shell, fish Unabridged
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noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any aquatic invertebrate having a shell or shell-like carapace, esp such an animal used as human food. Examples are crustaceans such as crabs and lobsters and molluscs such as oysters
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Word Origin and History for shellfish

also shell-fish, Old English scylfiscas (plural); see shell (n.) + fish (n.).

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