the shell of a bird's egg, consisting of keratin fibers and calcite crystals.
a pale yellowish-white color.
rather bulky paper having a slightly rough finish.
like an eggshell, as in thinness and delicacy; very brittle; fragile.
being pale yellowish-white in color.
having little or no gloss: eggshell white paint.
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How to use eggshell in a sentence
The inside of eggshells can be contaminated with salmonella bacteria, which causes a potentially serious foodborne illness.
Though you’re not supposed to include food waste like apple cores and eggshells in there.Environment Report: Local Farms Want Your Table Scraps | MacKenzie Elmer | January 25, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Among other aspects, the court considered the wording too vague — had the eggshell read “To Mag, everything I possess,” the outcome might have been different.Would You Write Your Last Will and Testament on a Napkin? | Fiona Zublin | December 16, 2020 | Ozy
The FoodCycler can hold a substantial amount of food, even crush chicken bones and eggshells, and dramatically cut down the volume of your food waste.
Nor did they know why tiny structures within eggshells are so different across the three main types of dinosaurs.
Is not my anger terrible as I dash your argosy, your thunder-bearing frigate, into fragments, as you would crack an eggshell?A Mortal Antipathy | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
This water is so holy that everything placed in the spring becomes as white as the film, within an eggshell.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson | Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Apparently the safety-bolt was missing from all of them, making them when loaded as brittle as an eggshell.South African Memories | Lady Sarah Wilson
She paused a moment, lifting one of the silver spoons to break the end of her eggshell.Boys and Girls of Colonial Days | Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
This is very different to the hard, calcareous eggshell of birds.The Life of an Insect | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for eggshell
the hard porous protective outer layer of a bird's egg, consisting of calcite and protein
a yellowish-white colour
a type of paper with a slightly rough finish
(modifier) (of paint) having a very slight sheen: an eggshell finish
walk on eggshells to be very cautious or diplomatic for fear of upsetting someone
of a yellowish-white colour: eggshell paint
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