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shellwork

[shel-wurk] /ˈʃɛlˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
decorative work composed of seashells:
an elaborate picture frame decorated with shellwork.
Origin of shellwork
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; shell + work
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  • He revelled in elaborate combinations of shellwork and impossible foliage.

    Chats on Old Furniture Arthur Hayden
  • They have belts of shellwork slung across their shoulders, and are armed with bows and arrows, and flint-headed spears.

    Grandfather's Chair Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • And you hate the very sight of shellwork and cone-frames, and Grecian painting, and all such vanities?

    Husks Marion Harland

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