noun (1)
variants: or shellbark hickory

Definition of shellbark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

shell bark

noun (2)

Definition of shell bark (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a disease of lemon trees caused by a fungus (Phomopsis californica) and characterized by scaling or sloughing of the bark

called also decorticosis

— see dry bark
2 : rhytidome

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