Definition for Shell (-s)

shell (-s), n. [OE 'peel, rind, egg-shell'.]

  1. Case; hard outer covering of oysters; that which encases a mollusk.
  2. Baby bird's pod; thin fragile covering for an unhatched lark; [fig.] barrier; container; limitation; restraint; confinement; [metaphor] infancy; childhood; previous life; former state of being; earlier stage of development.

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