shellier; shelliest
: abounding in or covered with shells
a shelly shore
: of, relating to, or resembling a shell

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Paleontologists have found indentations of the reptiles’ impressive teeth on the shells of squid relatives called ammonites, demonstrating how the lizards grabbed and crushed their shelly meals. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shelly was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Shelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


shellier; shelliest
: full of or covered with shells and especially seashells
a shelly beach
: consisting of a shell or shells
a crab's shelly home
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