decorative work composed of seashells: an elaborate picture frame decorated with shellwork.
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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.Five Weeks in a Balloon | Jules Verne
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