[sawft-shel, soft-]
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  1. a soft-shell animal, especially a soft-shell crab.

Origin of soft-shell

First recorded in 1795–1805 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for soft-shelled

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper