Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The shell enclosing the meat of a nut.
  • idiom in a nutshell In a few words; concisely: Just give me the facts in a nutshell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The shell that surrounds the kernel of a nut.
  • n. A short book summarizing an area of law.
  • v. To summarize (from the term in a nutshell).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The shell or hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is inclosed.
  • n. Hence, a thing of little compass, or of little value.
  • n. A shell of the genus Nucula.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hard shell which forms the covering of the kernel of a nut: used proverbially for anything of small content or of little value.
  • n. A bivalve mollusk of the family Nuculidæ; a nutlet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the shell around the kernel of a nut

Etymologies

nut + shell (Wiktionary)

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