sea·​shell | \ ˈsē-ˌshel How to pronounce seashell (audio) \

Definition of seashell

: the shell of a marine animal and especially a mollusk

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Her garbs are made from organic items, ranging from seashells and eggshells to stick and stones. San Diego Union-Tribune, "9 things to do in San Diego this weekend: San Diego Spirits Festival, ‘Black Life’ exhibit, Symphony at Salk," 23 Aug. 2019 The oasis was part of a prehistoric trade route, the Old Salt Trail, where northern Mexico commodities including salt, obsidian, and seashells were plentiful, according to the Park Service. Juliet Eilperin, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, park service finds," 17 Sep. 2019 There, artifacts of unremarkable appearance — a tiny teddy bear, a seashell, a ribbon for a No. Corina Knoll, New York Times, "What Happens to Those Heartbreaking Tributes at the 9/11 Memorial," 9 Sep. 2019 Her garbs are made from organic items, ranging from seashells to eggshells and stick and stones. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In Oceanside Museum of Art’s ‘Dress Rehearsal,’ artists use garment in unexpected ways," 21 Aug. 2019 First there was seashell jewelry, often with mother-of-pearl. Glamour, "Pearl Jewelry Is the Accessory Trend You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere This Fall," 13 Aug. 2019 Ensure you’re finishing off your look with this season’s hottest seashell adorned accessories! Essence, "Shop This Summer's Best Seashell Accessories," 1 Aug. 2019 Must-tries: Maine lobster ceviche ($22) crunched with freshness and was beautifully presented in a glass bowl resembling a seashell. Christina Tkacik,, "A fun, millennial vibe and tasty fare at Ouzo Beach," 18 July 2019 Things like picking flowers and taking seashells could affect an animal’s food source or living space. Heather Greenwood Davis, National Geographic, "Do this, not that," 12 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce seashell (audio) \

Kids Definition of seashell

: the shell of a sea animal

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