shell·​work ˈshel-ˌwərk How to pronounce shellwork (audio)
: work adorned with shells or composed of a pattern of shells

Examples of shellwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even the term’s a joke on the French rocaille, an 18th-century term for opulent, decorative shellwork, and coco, a kind of frivolous ‘peek-a-boo’ gesture. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 21 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shellwork was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Shellwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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