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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

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