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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

Examples of shelled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They’re called Guardian Caps, a soft-shelled helmet cover the Bears and other NFL teams are trying out in an attempt to reduce the impact on players’ heads that comes with the repetitive blows of football. Colleen Kane,, 13 Aug. 2021 Acidification reduces sealife’s access to building blocks like calcium carbonate, killing off shelled organisms. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 2021 In the ocean, the violet snail clings upside-down to the surface of the ocean with a sticky raft of bubbles that keeps its shelled body afloat. New York Times, 26 July 2021 Guy Pearce plays Richard on the HBO drama, a writer who comes to town and develops an immediate interest in the hard-shelled detective. Samantha Highfill,, 2 May 2021 Enter OxyContin, a hard-shelled pill that released its powerful medication slowly and steadily, thus avoiding the peaks and troughs of pain relief that can foster addiction. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 The state has lost thousands of the shelled reptiles in recent years, and wildlife officials say the practice is not sustainable long-term. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 But along with most dinosaurs, these hard-shelled creatures disappeared during the massive Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–T) extinction. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, 6 Jan. 2011 Roasted and shelled chestnuts are best kept in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer. Star Tribune, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of shelled

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Sep 2021

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“Shelled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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