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shellwork

[ shel-wurk ]
/ ˈʃɛlˌwɜrk /
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noun

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

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Origin of shellwork

First recorded in 1605–15; shell + work
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Example sentences from the Web for shellwork

  • 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.

  • And you hate the very sight of shellwork and cone-frames, and Grecian painting, and all such vanities?

    Husks|Marion Harland
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