half shell


Definition of half shell

: either of the valves of a bivalve
on the half shell
: served in a half shell oysters on the half shell

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These little half shells chomp on watermelon, apples and bugs, snacks chosen for their ASMR-inducing crunch, according to the video’s description. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Turtle ASMR Is Here With All the Tingly, Soothing Chomps You Need to Relax," 22 Aug. 2019 Oysters on the half shell are as easy to find as robes at the Supreme Court. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 21 Aug. 2019 This could explain the half shell protecting the underside of Odontochelys: many aquatic predators attack their prey from below. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How the Turtle Got Its Shell, With Apologies to Aesop," 20 Aug. 2019 Gabonese chimpanzees were observed cracking tortoises open against tree trunks and preparing them on the half shell, and Tanzanian chimpanzees intimidated a leopard into surrendering its blue duiker. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 22 July 2019 Fridays and Saturdays feature a seafood spectacular including snow crab legs and oysters on the half shell. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Best Las Vegas buffets: 22 all-you-can-eat restaurants on the Strip," 7 June 2019 Choi says to the Spider-Man actor, who’s about to partake in his first raw bivalve on the half shell. Gerrad Hall, EW.com, "Watch the Avengers assemble with Jon Favreau and Roy Choi for Netflix's The Chef Show," 6 June 2019 The menu boasts many fresh catches, including the bay’s signature bivalves, whether in shooters, stews or omelets, grilled or raw on the half shell. Richard Stenger, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018 Cover a rimmed baking sheet with rock salt and nestle the oyster half shells in the salt to steady them. Barbara Mahany, chicagotribune.com, "Retro cookbooks offer comforts from another era for these uncertain times," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of half shell

1860, in the meaning defined above

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