[ shel-wurk ]

  1. decorative work composed of seashells: an elaborate picture frame decorated with shellwork.

Origin of shellwork

First recorded in 1605–15; shell + work

Words Nearby shellwork Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use shellwork in a sentence

  • They have belts of shellwork slung across their shoulders, and are armed with bows and arrows, and flint-headed spears.

    Grandfather's Chair | Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Several "waganga," recognizable by their badges of conical shellwork, came boldly forward.

  • He revelled in elaborate combinations of shellwork and impossible foliage.

    Chats on Old Furniture | Arthur Hayden
  • And you hate the very sight of shellwork and cone-frames, and Grecian painting, and all such vanities?

    Husks | Marion Harland