eggshell egg"shell`, n. 1. The shell or exterior covering of an egg. Also used figuratively for anything resembling an eggshell. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A smooth, white, marine, gastropod shell of the genus {Ovulum}, resembling an egg in form. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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