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

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State officials posted an interactive map of places where shellfish harvesting is prohibited. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Washington bans shellfish harvesting after high levels of toxins found," 30 Aug. 2018 When combined with pea starch, konjac can be turned into different kinds of seafood imitations, from shellfish to fish fillets, says chief executive Eugene Wang. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Fish: The Final Frontier in Fake Meat," 15 Oct. 2018 But as crucial as infrastructure projects, waste disposal, and shellfish are, a drone like the NIMBUS driller could also find military uses. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Drones Are Drilling Holes Now," 9 Jan. 2019 The same goes for shellfish like mussels and clams—use the shells, ditch the meat. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Start Composting," 8 Jan. 2019 Likewise, local shellfish is often spirited away to Madrid and Barcelona. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again," 6 Dec. 2018 Seven farms drive the region’s oyster production, one of the most famous being Maison de l’Ostréa, which produces 200 tons of shellfish per year. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 2019 The most common allergies kids leave behind are those to milk, egg, wheat, and soy, whereas reactions to shellfish, sesame, tree nuts, and peanuts are more likely to be lifelong. Jessica Migala, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Your Kids Safe From Food Allergies," 19 Nov. 2018 Microplastics have been found in shellfish, left behind after the filter feeders draw in and expel contaminated water. Jack Fisher, The Seattle Times, "Group screens and cleans sand near Oregon’s Haystack Rock," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of shellfish

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shellfish

: an animal (such as a crab or an oyster) that has a hard outer shell and that lives in water


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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