egg·​shell | \ ˈeg-ˌshel How to pronounce eggshell (audio) , 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 The surface reaches an average temperature upwards of 530 Kelvin (on par with your oven’s broiler), and scientists believe the mantle is at most a few hundred meters thick and cracked like an eggshell. Meghan Herbst, Wired, "Did This Scorching-Hot Planet Lose—and Regain—an Atmosphere?," 14 Apr. 2021 Once an eggshell's protective coat wears off, the shell becomes porous and absorbs more air. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "2 ways to make perfect hard-boiled eggs," 2 Apr. 2021 Since space is tight in your eggshell pots, choose seeds of smaller flowers and herbs. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "Start Seeds In Eggshells Now For An Easter Gift That Keeps On Giving," 26 Feb. 2021 To prevent overwatering, use a spray bottle to gently mist each eggshell. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "Start Seeds In Eggshells Now For An Easter Gift That Keeps On Giving," 26 Feb. 2021 With less rental demand, Danke negotiated with landlords to terminate their leases early, resulting in losses for Danke, whose name means eggshell in Mandarin. Chong Koh Ping And Jing Yang, WSJ, "A Chinese WeWork for Apartments Is in Distress, Leaving Renters Out in the Cold," 10 Dec. 2020 While most other mayos have variations on a creamy eggshell-white color, this one is starkly snow-white, and its texture is at once whipped and light and creamy like pudding. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The best mayonnaises you can buy (a nostalgia-proof taste test)," 23 Oct. 2020 Most notable for their creamy white finish, the thin eggshell surface was available at the beginning and is still offered today. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Setting the table with flair: Yenke Peddler antiques," 1 Oct. 2020 So, thank you, dinosaurs for giving me the precious gift of terrifying my South Texas relatives with annual spatterings of colorful eggshell in their hair. Pete Mcbride, National Geographic, "What did dinosaur eggs look like?," 17 June 2020 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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“Eggshell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce eggshell (audio) , ˈāg- \

Kids Definition of eggshell

: the shell of an egg


egg·​shell | \ ˈeg-ˌshel, ˈāg- How to pronounce eggshell (audio) \

Medical Definition of eggshell

: the hard exterior covering of an egg

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