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 In general, direct heat is great for grilling veggies quickly, searing meat, and grilling shellfish. Tamara Gane, Southern Living, 4 June 2021 Shellfish safety zone - Kachemak Bay appears to be a refuge from ocean acidity levels that prevent shellfish and marine creatures from growing skeletons and shells. Anchorage Daily News, 1 June 2021 The land that is now the Crane Estate was originally occupied by the Agawam tribe of Native Americans, who lived off plentiful supplies of fish, shellfish, and game., 29 Apr. 2021 Sesame joins the eight existing major food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish (such as crab and shrimp), tree nuts (such as almonds and walnuts), peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 26 Apr. 2021 If your mother-in-law handled uncooked chicken or shellfish and then plunged her unwashed hands directly into a bowl of mashed potatoes, for instance, this could cross-contaminate foods and spread food-borne illness. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 The quarrel reached a peak last year when China refused to take delivery of some Australian shipments of coal and slapped punitive tariffs on Australian wine, barley and shellfish. Tim Treadgold, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 But shellfish and fish are great sources of lean protein for people who eat animal products, and provide essential omega-3 fatty acids that the body can't make on its own. Amanda Schupak, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021 The soulful shellfish was eliminated on The Masked Singer in Wednesday's Super 8 double-elimination, and he was revealed to be none other than Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Bobby Brown. Lauren Huff,, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of shellfish

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2021

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“Shellfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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