soft-shell

[sawft-shel, soft-]

adjective

Also soft-shelled. having a soft, flexible, or fragile shell, as a crab that has recently molted.

noun

a soft-shell animal, especially a soft-shell crab.

Origin of soft-shell

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Word Origin and History for soft-shelled
adj.

1611, from soft (adj.) + shell (n.).

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