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or sea shell

  1. the shell of any marine mollusk.
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Origin of seashell

before 900; Old English sǣscill (not recorded in Middle English) see sea, shell
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Examples from the Web for seashell

Historical Examples

  • He was just opening it when the seashell was sent whizzing forward.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • In the middle of the afternoon, a seashell struck his paper, glanced off.

    Angel Island

    Inez Haynes Gillmore

  • Polecrab wiped his mouth, and produced a seashell from a kind of pocket.

  • Mrs. Carradyne herself might have sat at it now, and never once blushed by as much as the pink of a seashell.

  • The eastern sky, vivid with seashell tints, hovered so low that the topmost crags seemed to support its glowing colors.

    With Hoops of Steel

    Florence Finch Kelly

British Dictionary definitions for seashell


  1. the empty shell of a marine mollusc
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Word Origin and History for seashell


also sea-shell, Old English sæscel; see sea and shell (n.).

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