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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shel]
    • /ʃɛl/
    • /ʃel/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shel]
    • /ʃɛl/

Definitions of shells word

  • noun shells a hard outer covering of an animal, as the hard case of a mollusk, or either half of the case of a bivalve mollusk. 1
  • noun shells any of various objects resembling such a covering, as in shape or in being more or less concave or hollow. 1
  • noun shells the material constituting any of various coverings of this kind. 1
  • noun shells the hard exterior of an egg. 1
  • noun shells the usually hard, outer covering of a seed, fruit, or the like, as the hard outside portion of a nut, the pod of peas, etc. 1
  • noun shells a hard, protecting or enclosing case or cover. 1

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Origin of shells

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English scell (north), sciell; cognate with Dutch schil peel, skin, rink, Old Norse skel shell, Gothic skalja tile; (v.) derivative of the noun; cf. shale

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Parts of speech for Shells


shells popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

shells usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shells

noun shells

  • ammo — Ammo is ammunition for guns and other weapons.
  • fettuccini — pasta cut in flat narrow strips.
  • gnocchi — a dish of little dumplings made from potatoes, semolina, flour, or a combination of these ingredients.
  • gunpowder — an explosive mixture, as of potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal, used in shells and cartridges, in fireworks, for blasting, etc.
  • lasagna — large, flat, rectangular strips of pasta.

verb shells

  • fires — Plural form of fire.
  • wars — Plural form of war.

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