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 job, which cost $6,000, required a few gallons of eggshell and pro painters, who also stripped the wallpaper and patched and painted the walls and ceiling. Charlotte Safavi, Better Homes & Gardens, "Clever Swaps and Budget-Friendly Fixes Add Major Impact to This 300-Square-Foot Kitchen Makeover," 21 Apr. 2020 Several fossilized eggshells were tested, including from the carnivorous Troodon, a herbivore Maiasaura and the massive Megaloolithus. Fox News, "Dinosaurs were warm-blooded, shocking study says," 19 Feb. 2020 Or that scientists are using eggshells to actually grow bones? Megan Gambino, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best Children’s Books of 2019," 7 Dec. 2019 Your husband is correct that eggshells are a good source of calcium carbonate, according to at least one random health website. John Hodgman, New York Times, "Judge John Hodgman on Eating Unpeeled Eggs," 31 Oct. 2019 Rhino vipers procreate by twisting their tails around each other, and the female develops eggs that are hatched internally before giving live births; the eggshells are absorbed back into the mother's body. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baby rhinoceros vipers slither their way into the hearts of Milwaukee County zookeepers," 2 Oct. 2019 The temperatures of eggshells of the respective dinosaurs tested at 100.4, 80.6 and 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit for the Troodon; 111.2 degrees Fahrenheit for the Maiasaura; and 96.8 degrees for the Megaloolithus. Fox News, "Dinosaurs were warm-blooded, shocking study says," 19 Feb. 2020 The findings come from an analysis of fossilized eggshells. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Did dinosaur blood run hot or cold? Their eggshells may hold a clue," 17 Feb. 2020 After filling the basket with coffee grounds, a topping of eggshells would prevent or diminish errant grounds from ending up in your cup! Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Pooch protein problems?," 28 Sep. 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., "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 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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