half shell

noun

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

Examples of half shell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Slurpy bivalves — a half dozen on the half shell — are smothered in creamed spinach and parmesan, broiled to a bubbly sizzle and topped with crispy bacon. Dominic Armato, The Arizona Republic, "This Gilbert restaurant said bye to burgers. Here's what to expect on the new Creole menu," 25 Aug. 2020 Start your meal with Blue Point oysters or clams on the half shell ($2 apiece), or dig into a platter of fried shrimp and fish n’ chips. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Parkville Market, ‘biggest restaurant in Connecticut’ offers taste of the globe," 18 Aug. 2020 Today, a typical visit to that storied distillery concludes with a five-minute stroll through peaty countryside to the Oyster Shed, where the morning harvest from nearby waters is served on the half shell. Outside Online, "The Scotch Whisky Brand Helping to Restore Oyster Reefs," 27 Apr. 2020 What a Saturday night that would be, along with a few dozen oysters on the half shell. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "What to Cook (Grill!) This Weekend," 7 Feb. 2020 Oysters on the half shell are neatly shucked but void of ocean flavor. Washington Post, "At two hotel restaurants, there’s room for improvement," 9 Jan. 2020 Believed to increase fertility, these half shells evoke images of romance. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "12 Best Dishes for a Romantic Night In," 25 Jan. 2018 This time three immaculate half shells arrived on a smoldering bed of hot rocks, their glistening flesh bubbling in butter and oregano. Freda Moon, New York Times, "Mexico’s Last Countercultural Coast," 3 Feb. 2020 Dress is cocktail formal, food is unlimited and in the past has included lobster mac and cheese, oysters on the half shell and gingerbread houses. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The holiday food events in Indianapolis you don't want to miss this Christmas," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of half shell

1860, in the meaning defined above

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5 Sep 2020

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“Half shell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20shell. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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