having a thin, easily broken shell: paper-shelled nuts.

Origin of paper-shelled

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for paper-shelled

Historical Examples of paper-shelled

  • The Jordan nuts are best, but the paper-shelled ones will answer.

    Standard Paper-Bag Cookery

    Emma Paddock Telford

  • It matters little whether you go for paper-shelled English walnuts or for plate-armored pignuts so long as you go.

    The Fall of the Year

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • The horticulturist has developed forms twice the size of the native nuts, and with shells so thin as to be styled "paper-shelled."

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam