un·​shelled ˌən-ˈsheld How to pronounce unshelled (audio)
: not having had the shell removed
unshelled nuts
: not having a shell
… the largely terrestrial and freshwater pulmonate snails and slugs, many of them shelled, many unshelled.Carol M. Lalli and Ronald W. Gilmer

Examples of unshelled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even the non-verbal creatures — bioluminescent jellyfish as delicate as fairy wings; whales the size of aircraft carriers, with four eyes and flesh like an unshelled turtle's — have an uncanny anthropomorphic charm, stealing several moments from their speaking counterparts. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 13 Dec. 2022 Peanut head bugs were named because their heads resemble an unshelled peanut. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 26 Jan. 2022 Attached was a photo taken outside her back door, where someone or something had placed a single, unshelled peanut. Lauren Markham, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unshelled was in 1594

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“Unshelled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unshelled. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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