eggshell

noun
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

eggshell

adjective

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 For instance, eggshells might appear as just leftover waste after cooking an omelet. Michelle A. Nguyen, The Conversation, "Reimagining eggshells and other everyday items to grow human tissues and organs," 18 Sep. 2019 To isolate the color pigments, Wiemann dissolved pieces of fossil eggshell in a solution that removed the calcium. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Warm-blooded velociraptors? Fossilized proteins unravel dinosaur mysteries," 8 Oct. 2019 Because some of the components of eggshell resemble bone, they can be used to make tissue templates that replicate the biology of these tissues. Michelle A. Nguyen, The Conversation, "Reimagining eggshells and other everyday items to grow human tissues and organs," 18 Sep. 2019 Materials that can be composted include fruits and vegetables, eggshells, coffee grounds and filters, shredded newspaper, dryer and vacuum cleaner lint, fireplace ashes, and even hair and fur. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Denver Post, "How Denver residents can start composting," 25 Aug. 2019 Using eggshells was appealing in its simplicity, Camci-Unal says. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "How Scientists Are Using Eggshells to Grow New Bone," 18 July 2019 Meanwhile, the team is left to try to clean up the mess and everyone in the facility stands on eggshells, wondering what the next bit of ridiculousness will be. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Why the Raiders were right to fine Antonio Brown," 4 Sep. 2019 His team shines a laser through a thumbnail-size hole in the eggshell and measures fluorescent signals from the blood cells. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter," 14 Aug. 2019 By themselves, the hydrogels are soft and squishy; the eggshells help strengthen them. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "How Scientists Are Using Eggshells to Grow New Bone," 18 July 2019 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. SI.com, "These Sneakers Were Inspired by Philadelphia Cream Cheese," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of eggshell

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of eggshell was in the 14th century

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4 Dec 2019

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“Eggshell.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eggshell. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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eggshell

noun
How to pronounce eggshell (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of eggshell

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

eggshell

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

Kids Definition of eggshell

: the shell of an egg

eggshell

noun
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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