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

Definition of seashell

: the shell of a marine animal and especially a mollusk

Examples of seashell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The website building and hosting company tells the story of Sally, a small business owner who is trying to build a seashell business. Mae Anderson, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Feb. 2022 But the two share a delight in a seashell brought back from the beach. oregonlive, 4 Jan. 2022 The first bite drops me back, like a rogue seashell, onto the soft sand at Bondi Beach. Kate Mcauley, Bon Appétit, 29 Dec. 2021 The animal inside the seashell is a tiny octopus about two inches in diameter. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 But building on a landfill involves more than just plopping a building atop it like a seashell on a sandcastle. Dylan Taylor-lehman, Popular Mechanics, 29 July 2021 Barnett begins this paean to the seashell with a description of how they are made. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Her bright orange, midi-length skirt showcased a gold clasp with a seashell on it. Eliza Huber,, 10 June 2021 The seashell might seem a decidedly small foundation for a book, but Barnett’s account remarkably spirals out, appropriately, to become a much larger story about the sea, about global history and about environmental crises and preservation. New York Times, 19 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of seashell

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Seashell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of seashell

: the shell of a sea animal

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