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

Origin of shellwork

First recorded in 1605–15; shell + work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shellwork

Historical Examples of shellwork

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

  • 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?


    Marion Harland