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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Historical Examples of hard-shell

  • The former is sold in the San Francisco markets as the "hard-shell clam."

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • He is such a hard-shell being that he cannot put out feelers to his kind.


    John Buchan

  • This man was a Hard-shell Baptist, commonly imperturbable to outside sights and doings when the spirit moved him.

    The Lincoln Story Book

    Henry L. Williams

  • The Almonds commonly sold by nurserymen in the east are hard-shell varieties, and the nuts are not good enough for commerce.

  • These people boast that their hard-shell wheat is decidedly superior to that of Dakota and Minnesota.

    A Summer's Outing

    Carter H. Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for hard-shell


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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