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The dry, rough, or useless outside covering of anything
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  1. The dry, rough, or useless outside covering of anything
  2. The dry outer covering of various fruits or seeds, as of an ear of corn
  3. A shell or outer covering, especially when considered worthless.
The hard outer covering or integument of certain plants and animals, such as lichens and crustaceans.
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  1. The hard outer covering or integument of certain plants and animals, such as lichens and crustaceans.
  2. A piece of bread that has become hard and dry.
  3. The solid, outermost layer of the Earth, lying above the mantle. &diamf3; The crust that includes continents is called continental crust and is about 35.4 to 70 km (22 to 43.4 mi) thick. It consists mostly of rocks, such as granites and granodiorites, that are rich in silica and aluminum, with minor amounts of iron, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium. &diamf3; The crust that includes ocean floors is called oceanic crust and is about 4.8 to 9.7 km (3 to 6 mi) thick. It has a similar composition to that of continental crust, but has higher concentrations of iron, magnesium, and calcium and is denser than continental crust. The predominant type of rock in oceanic crust is basalt.
Any of various other usually edible seeds enclosed in a hard covering such as a seed coat or the stone of a drupe, as in a pine nut, peanut, almond, or walnut.
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  1. Any of various other usually edible seeds enclosed in a hard covering such as a seed coat or the stone of a drupe, as in a pine nut, peanut, almond, or walnut.
  2. A small block, usually of metal, with a threaded hole through the center, for screwing onto a bolt, screw, etc.
  3. A dry, indehiscent simple fruit consisting of one seed surrounded by a hard and thick pericarp (fruit wall). The seed does not adhere to the pericarp but is connected to it by the funiculus. A nut is similar to an achene but larger. Acorns, beechnuts, chestnuts, and hazelnuts are true nuts. Informally, other edible seeds or dry fruits enclosed in a hard or leathery shell are also called nuts, though they are not true nuts. For instance, an almond kernel is actually the seed of a drupe. Its familiar whitish shell is an endocarp found within the greenish fruit of the almond tree. Peanuts are actually individual seeds from a seed pod called a legume.
A small group of animals, esp. of seals or whales
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  1. A small group of animals, esp. of seals or whales
  2. A fruit or seed case that usually splits along two seams to release its seeds when mature. Legumes, such as peas and beans, produce pods.
  3. (Zoology) An egg case of certain insects, especially a locust or other orthopteran.
A protective cover or covering part
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  1. A protective cover or covering part
  2. A container; a receptacle:
  3. An instance or occurrence of a particular kind or category:
(Botany) The wall of a ripened ovary; fruit wall.
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  1. (Botany) The wall of a ripened ovary; fruit wall.
  2. (Bot.) The wall of a ripened ovary, sometimes consisting of three distinct layers, the endocarp, mesocarp, and exocarp
  3. The tissue that arises from the ripened ovary wall of a fruit; the fruit wall. In fleshy fruits, the pericarp can often be divided into the exocarp, the mesocarp, and the endocarp. For example, in a peach, the skin is the exocarp, the yellow flesh is the mesocarp, while the stone or pit surrounding the seed represents the endocarp.
A system of grouping or classifying in a series of steps or degrees according to a standard of relative size, amount, rank, etc.
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  1. A system of grouping or classifying in a series of steps or degrees according to a standard of relative size, amount, rank, etc.
  2. A small, thin, usually dry plant part, such as one of the protective leaves that cover a tree bud or one of the structures that contain the reproductive organs on the cones of a conifer.
  3. An ordered system of numbering or indexing that is used as a reference standard in measurement, in which each number corresponds to some physical quantity. Some scales, such as temperature scales, have equal intervals; other scales, such as the Richter scale, are arranged as a geometric progression.
(Zool.) A hard covering, as a shell, plate, scale, or elytron
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  1. (Zool.) A hard covering, as a shell, plate, scale, or elytron
  2. A broken piece or fragment, as of pottery or glass.
  3. (Zoology) A tough scale or covering, such as the elytron of a beetle.
(Zool., Anat.) Any sheath or sac enclosing an organ or a whole organism, as the covering of an insect pupa
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  1. (Zool., Anat.) Any sheath or sac enclosing an organ or a whole organism, as the covering of an insect pupa
  2. A case, covering, or sheath, such as the covering of the pollen sacs of an anther or the thick cell wall of certain dinoflagellates.
  3. (Bot.) A spore case, sac, or capsule
The membrane, capsule, skin, or other covering of any body or part.
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  1. The membrane, capsule, skin, or other covering of any body or part.
  2. A natural outer covering of the body or of a plant, including skin, shell, hide, husk, or rind
  3. A natural outer covering of an animal or plant or of one of its parts, such as skin, a shell, or the part of a plant ovule that develops into a seed coat.
The hard, brittle outer covering of an egg of a reptile, bird, or monotreme
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  1. The hard, brittle outer covering of an egg of a reptile, bird, or monotreme
  2. A kind of paint that dries to a finish having very little shine.
  3. The thin, often brittle exterior covering of the egg of a bird or reptile.
A hard outer covering or shell made of bone or chitin on the back of animals such as turtles, armadillos, lobsters, and crabs.
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  1. A hard outer covering or shell made of bone or chitin on the back of animals such as turtles, armadillos, lobsters, and crabs.
  2. In figurative use
  3. A hard protective covering of bone or chitin, especially one which covers the dorsal portion of an animal.
A trimming like a dickey, worn on the front of a woman's dress
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  1. A trimming like a dickey, worn on the front of a woman's dress
  2. The front panel of the tunic of a uniform, usually of a different color than the rest.
  3. A metal breastplate worn under a coat of mail.
A usually metal projectile in the shape of a pointed cylinder or a ball that is expelled from a firearm, especially a rifle or handgun.
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  1. A usually metal projectile in the shape of a pointed cylinder or a ball that is expelled from a firearm, especially a rifle or handgun.
  2. Such a projectile in a metal casing; a cartridge.
  3. (Loosely) A bullet in its casing; cartridge
Anything thrown forward
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  1. Anything thrown forward
  2. A fired, thrown, or otherwise propelled object, such as a bullet, having no capacity for self-propulsion.
  3. An object designed to be hurled or shot forward, as a cannon shell or rocket
A membranous case, often made of animal intestine, used to contain sausage or other processed meat.
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  1. A membranous case, often made of animal intestine, used to contain sausage or other processed meat.
  2. The supporting framework of a pneumatic rubber tire exclusive of an inner tube and tread; carcass
  3. An outer cover:
A small modular unit designed to be inserted into a larger piece of equipment:
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  1. A small modular unit designed to be inserted into a larger piece of equipment:
  2. A cylindrical case of cardboard, metal, etc. containing the charge and primer, and usually the projectile, for a firearm
  3. Such a casing fitted with a bullet.
In figurative use
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  1. In figurative use
  2. A hard outer covering or shell made of bone or chitin on the back of animals such as turtles, armadillos, lobsters, and crabs.
  3. A hard protective covering of bone or chitin, especially one which covers the dorsal portion of an animal.
An oath or declaration required as proof of one's orthodoxy, loyalty, etc.
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  1. An oath or declaration required as proof of one's orthodoxy, loyalty, etc.
  2. A method, process, or means used in making such an examination or trial
  3. A procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something; a trial:
To dismantle (a firearm, for example) piece by piece.
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  1. To dismantle (a firearm, for example) piece by piece.
  2. To remove the leaves from the stalks of (tobacco, for example).
  3. To cut or tear into strips
To end abruptly, either temporarily or permanently.
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  1. To end abruptly, either temporarily or permanently.
  2. To remove a piece from a whole by breaking or snapping
To remove shucks from (corn, clams, etc.)
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  1. To remove shucks from (corn, clams, etc.)
  2. (Slang) To fool or deceive, often in a playful way
  3. To open the shell of (a bivalve):
To remove (an outer layer or covering, such as clothing).
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  1. To remove (an outer layer or covering, such as clothing).
  2. (Intransitive) To separate off from the main body, to move off to one side; as in troop movements on a parade ground or an organized retreat, or columns in a procession.
To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters.
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  1. To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters.
  2. To come off or separate into flakes, scales, or layers.
  3. To remove a thin layer, such as bark or skin, in flakes or scales; peel.
To remove the husk or husks from
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  1. To remove the husk or husks from
Find another word for shell. In this page you can discover 31 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for shell, like: husk, crust, nut, pod, case, pericarp, scale, shard, theca, integument and eggshell.