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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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 Ensuring that there are great seashell finds no matter what your budget is. Essence, "Shop This Summer's Best Seashell Accessories," 1 Aug. 2019 For example, architects might study the domes and internal structures of seashells to design the curves of bridges. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 futuristic tech ideas that might actually happen (and 5 that won’t) — predictions from Comic-Con 2019," 19 July 2019 In the same area, small bites — like crispy seaweed bites in the shape of a seashell — will be served as guests sip on bubbly. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Norway's underwater restaurant is finally open," 19 June 2019 Summer accents might include seashells, sand and starfish. Deborah Hornblow,, "Lanterns Light Up The Garden," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of seashell

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seashell was before the 12th century

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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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