\ ˈsheld \

Definition of shelled

1 : having a shell especially of a specified kind often used in combination pink-shelledthick-shelled
2a : having the shell removed shelled nuts
b : removed from the cob shelled corn

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Here is a tidal pool, with limpets resembling cocktail umbrellas, beds of blue-shelled mussels and feathery shrimp that seem to gallop through the brine; elsewhere, the splendid flourish of the dreaded giant squid. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "What to Give: Children’s Books," 15 Nov. 2018 A month later the same omelet—a barely puffy marigold duvet showered with tiny leaves of baby celery, cilantro, borage flowers, and frizzled leeks—arrived with an entire soft-shelled crab astride. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018 One of the roadmap mandates the use of the soft-shelled headgear at TYFA’s flag division for 5 and 6-year-olds. Cody Mccrary, San Antonio Express-News, "Youth football league aims to revamp safety regulations," 1 May 2018 On average, Juels said a soft-shelled helmet for a youth athlete costs around $40. Cody Mccrary, San Antonio Express-News, "Youth football league aims to revamp safety regulations," 1 May 2018 The tower will have 90 beds and will include a shelled floor with the potential for 30 additional beds. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Healthcare providers discuss industry’s future in Lake Houston area," 17 Apr. 2018 Abalone, a large shelled saltwater mollusk related to snails, has declined dramatically on California’s north coast in recent years due to environmental conditions. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Sacramento sushi restaurant owner pleaded guilty in abalone poaching case | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Jan. 2018 The object of his attention is what appears to be a perfectly intact shell of an Axestemys, an extinct soft-shelled turtle that grew to three and a half feet in diameter. Mike Sager, Smithsonian, "The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurs," 13 Sep. 2017 In March, authorities intercepted the package with the three deadly snakes along with three albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Man pleads guilty to smuggling after customs officers find three king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip cans," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of shelled

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shelled was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of shelled

: having a shell especially of a specified kind
: having the shell removed

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