[ hahrd-shel ]
/ ˈhɑrdˌʃɛl /


Also hard-shelled. having a firm, hard shell, as a crab in its normal state; not having recently molted.
rigid or uncompromising.


Origin of hard-shell

First recorded in 1790–1800
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adjective also: hard-shelled

zoology having a shell or carapace that is thick, heavy, or hard
US strictly orthodox


another name for the quahog
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