half shell


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Gaslamp Fish House is offering $1.25 oysters on the half shell, $6 truffle fries, and more from their happy hour food menu. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2023 Players young and old will bask in the side-scrolling arcade mayhem as the beloved heroes in the half shell and friends face down the Foot Clan in a cartoonish beat-em-up. Mike Hume, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2022 The most popular items will remain on the new menu, like shrimp on the half shell, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos elote, tacos, and two healthy entrees, the Coastal Protein Bowl and the Baja Protein Bowl. Dallas News, 7 Nov. 2022 That might be the understatement of the evening, thanks to an Armani Privé blush pink strapless gown embroidered with crystal mesh that brought her closer to Venus on the half shell. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 The party's 100 guests noshed on dishes like crab cakes and scallops on the half shell while mingling and dancing. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 12 Aug. 2022 Consider fancy but easy, no-cook options such as oysters on the half shell, or a simple bruschetta topped with endless possibilities from seasonal produce to caviar. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2022 Any of a dozen varieties of fresh Maine oysters served on the half shell. Virginia M. Wright, Outside Online, 18 June 2020 Early ideas include handheld tavern fare such as oysters on the half shell, Crystal hot sauce deviled eggs and jumbo prawn cocktails, plus whole leaf Caesar salads, steak frites and a chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich inspired by Burger King. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of half shell was in 1860

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“Half shell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20shell. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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