shell·​fish | \ ˈshel-ˌfish How to pronounce shellfish (audio) \

Definition of shellfish

: an aquatic invertebrate animal with a shell especially : an edible mollusk or crustacean

Examples of shellfish in a Sentence

lobsters, crabs, and other shellfish
Recent Examples on the Web There has been some pushback against the plan, especially among those in the town’s lucrative shellfish industry. David Abel,, 27 July 2022 How to prevent vibriosis To reduce your chance of getting vibriosis, don’t eat raw or undercooked shellfish, such as oysters. Leada Gore |, al, 28 June 2022 All of Vitalitown’s products (except for Aloe Enzymes) are vegan, non-GMO and contain no gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts or peanuts. The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2022 Cook shellfish thoroughly, as noroviruses can withstand temperatures as high as 145°F. Serena Coady, SELF, 7 Apr. 2022 Prepared shellfish includes mussels with white wine, herb butter, and garlic crostini, littlenecks and chourico; lightly fried oysters with cucumber avocado, remoulade mint. Lauren Daley,, 12 June 2022 Farmed shellfish and even enormous finfish operations being developed there could be the future of seafood. Laura Helmuth, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 Harbor seals are usually seen resting on rocks and beaches along the coast and spend their time foraging for fish, shellfish and crustaceans, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Pooja Salhorta And Kelly Mccleary, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 The researchers conclude that of the 36 Neanderthals that left these footprints, 11 were children; the group may have been hunting for birds and small animals, fishing, searching for shellfish… or just frolicking on the seashore. Briana Pobiner And Ryan Mcrae, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shellfish

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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shell·​fish | \ ˈshel-ˌfish How to pronounce shellfish (audio) \
plural shellfish

Kids Definition of shellfish

: an invertebrate animal (as a clam or lobster) that has a hard outer shell and lives in water

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