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Definition of shelled

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

Examples of shelled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her naivete and general Americanness grate on the nerves of her French colleagues, especially her hard-shelled boss Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu). Washington Post, "25 questions we have after watching ‘Emily in Paris,’ Lily Collins’s utterly baffling new Netflix series," 6 Oct. 2020 Because the small-clawed otter’s shelled prey requires precise extraction, the researchers predicted the small otters might be more proficient at navigating the experimental food puzzles. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Otters ‘Juggle,’ but the Behavior’s Function Remains Mysterious," 13 May 2020 Machimosaurus rex could grow to over 32 feet long, about twice the size of the average female great white shark, and hunted hard-shelled prey like turtles. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Like Dolphins and Whales, Ancient Crocodiles Evolved to Spend Their Time at Sea," 22 Apr. 2020 Those using our pond don’t come when called, but do eagerly feed on the shelled corn spread beneath our feeders on spring mornings. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "The most beautiful duck on earth," 25 Aug. 2020 The smaller Tanystropheus might have hunted shrimp and other soft-shelled invertebrates. Popular Science, "This ancient reptile had a super long neck to sneak up on unsuspecting fish," 10 Aug. 2020 The second discovery is another soft-shelled egg that researchers have attributed to a kind of giant marine reptile called a mosasaur. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "First Soft-Shelled Dinosaur Egg Fossils Found," 22 June 2020 While these hard-shelled creatures may look small, green turtles are the largest breed of sea turtles and each one can weigh up to 700 pounds, says National Geographic. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Watch Over 60,000 Sea Turtles Swim Near the Great Barrier Reef In This Stunning Drone Footage," 11 June 2020 Pop June was believed to have been the first person to bring shelled oysters to Indianapolis. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "St. Elmo is the only remnant of The Levee's posh and bawdy past," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of shelled

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Oct 2020

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“Shelled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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