egg·​shell | \ˈeg-ˌshel, ˈāg-\

Definition of eggshell 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the hard exterior covering of an egg

2 : something resembling an eggshell especially in fragility



Definition of eggshell (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : thin and fragile

2 : slightly glossy

3 : yellowish white

Examples of eggshell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Apply a light coat of cooking oil to clean eggshells. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Books tell how to raise a happy, healthy flock of chickens," 23 Feb. 2018 Eye-popping marble patterns in all colors of the rainbow magically emerge on the eggshells. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, "Dyeing eggs for Easter? Skip the shaving cream and go for the Kool-Aid | The Kansas City Star," 31 Mar. 2017 Pools of putrid water and garbage gathered in corners, the sidewalks were cracked like eggshells, and there was almost no street lighting. Néstor Martí, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Saved Havana," 18 Apr. 2018 Remember that eggshells are a good source of calcium for plant growth. Stan Davidson,, "Use recyclable items to plant seedlings," 4 June 2018 That’s used to crack holes in the eggshell from the inside. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "It all starts with a ‘pip’: Bald eagle egg starts to hatch.," 30 Apr. 2018 Decorative eggshells might have been popular during the Renaissance, the researcher said, when they were filled with perfume or talcum powder. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Cascarón a symbol of ritual, renewal," 20 Apr. 2018 Scientists then demonstrated that eggshells had grown thinner and less viable, which led to the banning of DDT. National Geographic, "One Obsessed Musician, 299 Birds, and a Very Weird Crime," 19 May 2018 Around 25,000 years ago, however, there is a switch over to using ostrich eggshells for the beads. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Remarkable Ancient Cave Site Shows Humanity's Evolving Relationship With Tools," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Let’s try this again: Imagine the color of cream cheese, that off-white, almost yellowish or eggshell white hue that graces our bagels and our cheesecakes in dense, creamy swirls., "These Sneakers Were Inspired by Philadelphia Cream Cheese," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of eggshell


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of eggshell

: the hard outside part of an egg : the shell of an egg


egg·​shell | \ˈeg-ˌshel, ˈāg-\

Kids Definition of eggshell

: the shell of an egg


egg·​shell | \ˈeg-ˌshel, ˈāg- \

Medical Definition of eggshell 

: the hard exterior covering of an egg

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