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 There was also a second type of eggshell from an undetermined species that showed signs of cooking during a much narrower time frame. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 27 May 2022 Fearing even more electoral backlash, party leaders have instead responded with cautious eggshell-stepping, petrified of alienating voters any further—the political equivalent of playing dead. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 18 May 2022 Once an eggshell’s protective coat wears off, the shell becomes porous and absorbs more air. Susan Selasky, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 New types of stone and bone tools became common, and people began fashioning and exchanging ostrich eggshell beads. Elizabeth Sawchuk, The Conversation, 23 Feb. 2022 New types of stone and bone tools became common, and people began fashioning and exchanging ostrich eggshell beads. Elizabeth Sawchuk, The Conversation, 23 Feb. 2022 But a study of more than 1,000 fossilized Papua New Guinea eggshell fragments has suggested the birds were deliberately hatched. Katie Hunt, CNN, 17 Apr. 2022 New types of stone and bone tools became common, and people began fashioning and exchanging ostrich eggshell beads. Elizabeth Sawchuk, The Conversation, 23 Feb. 2022 Herpetologist Craig Pelke has been beaming like a proud new father for about a month now, ever since the first of 10 baby Komodo dragons broke through its eggshell at the San Antonio Zoo. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His thoughts are contained within four eggshell-white walls, the only connection to the outside world a window above his desk. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2022 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, 20 Oct. 2017 See More

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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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13 Jun 2022

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“Eggshell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eggshell. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for eggshell

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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