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shellwork

[shel-wurk]
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noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for shellwork

Historical Examples

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

    Chats on Old Furniture

    Arthur Hayden

  • 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

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

    Husks

    Marion Harland