sea·shell | \ ˈsē-ˌshel \

Definition of seashell 

: the shell of a marine animal and especially a mollusk

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While much of the marketing of loofahs shows the sponge in a sea-side setting, surrounded by seashells and the like, loofahs are not the remains of an oceanic creature (unlike sea sponges). Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Loofah Sponge," 8 May 2017 However, also on his crest is a small red seashell—a touching nod to his mother, Princess Diana, who had it on the Spencer coat of arms. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Priceless Wedding Gift Meghan Markle Will Receive Ahead of Her Wedding," 28 Mar. 2018 Babes born under a water sign — Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces — have a selection of beachy shades ranging from pearlescent seashell hues to oceanic blues. Jodie Layne, Teen Vogue, "Wet n Wild Is Launching a Zodiac Themed Makeup Collection," 13 July 2018 Activities also include digging for volcanic rock and abalone, conch and other seashells at a table of black sand that’s reminiscent of beaches on Maui. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 The creamy formula comes in matte and metallic packaged in an adorable iridescent seashell. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Exclusive: Sephora Is Launching These Brand-New Products for 30 Days Only," 7 Mar. 2018 Ovos moles are shaped like seashells, with a filling of egg yolk and sugar. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "The Prettiest Pastries of Portugal, and How to Recognize Them," 16 May 2018 Tuck into your seashells and prepare to sail on home to your own private islands, astro babes. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 9-15," 9 July 2015 Residents have raised cattle, horses, ostriches and other animals, and Indians gathered acorns and traded seashells with tribes to the east. Roger Showley,, "Jamul-Rancho San Diego: Historic rancho served as seashell trading post, hosts new casino," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of seashell

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of seashell

: the hard, empty shell of a small sea creature (such as a clam)


sea·shell | \ ˈsē-ˌshel \

Kids Definition of seashell

: the shell of a sea animal

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