- 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
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Examples from the Web for eggshell
And Sandy felt as if every branch he grasped were an eggshell.The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
It is inadequate to say that the skull was smashed to bits like an eggshell.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
Our boat was but an eggshell, and we had few clothes to defend us from the weather.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8
Charles H. Sylvester
Either trunk would have crushed the old camp like an eggshell!When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
May they curl themselves into an eggshell and be your guests to-morrow.
- 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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Word Origin and History for eggshell
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