[ eg-shel ]
/ ˈɛgˌʃɛl /


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.

Origin of eggshell

First recorded in 1250–1300, eggshell is from the Middle English word ayschelle. See egg1, shell Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for eggshell

/ (ˈɛɡˌʃɛl) /


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 sheenan eggshell finish
walk on eggshells to be very cautious or diplomatic for fear of upsetting someone


of a yellowish-white coloureggshell paint
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