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

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 There are political eggshells awaiting these groups. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "To honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, Christian groups plan to confront racism. But what that means is unclear.," 2 Mar. 2018 Basically, the Graham’s are walking on eggshells, barely able to look each other in the eye. Carl Kelsch, Marie Claire, "The New Horror Film 'Hereditary' Might Be This Year's 'Get Out'," 8 June 2018 Also among the destinations are the National Center for the Performing Arts, an eggshell shaped building designed by the French architect Paul Andreu, and Tiananmen Square. Shivani Vora, New York Times, "Five Motorcycle Sidecar Tours With Views You’ll Never Get on a Bus," 23 Jan. 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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