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Synonyms for shell

Synonyms for shell

ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile

the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals

hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles

the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts

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the exterior covering of a bird's egg

a rigid covering that envelops an object

a very light narrow racing boat

the housing or outer covering of something

a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod

use explosives on

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create by using explosives

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fall out of the pod or husk

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hit the pitches of hard and regularly

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look for and collect shells by the seashore

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remove from its shell or outer covering

remove the husks from

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It was his first shell, and it was a thousand times more terrible than he had imagined.
But, true to his nature, he did not crouch down under the shriek of that first shell.
Simply at the point I started from, namely, those oyster shells are there, in regular layers, five hundred feet above the sea, and no man knows how they got there.
Nor has Patagonia been affected only by upward movements: the extinct tertiary shells from Port St.
From recent sea-shells being found on two of the higher step-formed plains, which must have been modelled and upraised before the mud was deposited in which the Macrauchenia was entombed, it is certain that this curious quadruped lived long after the sea was inhabited by its present shells.
At the same moment the third shell burst through the roof of the cottage, and exploded in the room, just inside the door.
I am afraid the shell has struck her," she said, yielding her place to him.
And I found that several species did in this state withstand uninjured an immersion in sea-water during seven days: one of these shells was the Helix pomatia, and after it had again hybernated I put it in sea-water for twenty days, and it perfectly recovered.
I no longer felt the weight of my clothing, or of my shoes, of my reservoir of air, or my thick helmet, in the midst of which my head rattled like an almond in its shell.
The smoking shell spun like a top between him and the prostrate adjutant, near a wormwood plant between the field and the meadow.
Without a moment's loss of time a small boat put off in the direction of its fall; some divers plunged into the water and attached ropes to the handles of the shell, which was quickly dragged on board.
Hardly had the shell been opened when the cat leaped out, slightly bruised, but full of life, and exhibiting no signs whatever of having made an aerial expedition.
When they sat down on the grass with Captain curled at their feet, Soot solemnly listening on a tree and Nut and Shell nosing about close to them, it seemed to Mary that it would be scarcely bearable to leave such delightfulness, but when she began to tell her story somehow the look in Dickon's funny face gradually changed her mind.
It was hard to go away and leave it all, particularly as Nut had actually crept on to her dress and Shell had scrambled down the trunk of the apple-tree they sat under and stayed there looking at her with inquiring eyes.
The poor Marionette stood as if turned to stone, with wide eyes, open mouth, and the empty halves of the egg- shell in his hands.