Definitions

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

  • n. The thin, brittle, exterior covering of the egg of a bird or reptile.
  • n. A pale yellow to yellowish white.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The shell around an egg.
  • n. A pale off-white colour, like that of the eggshell.
  • adj. Of a pale yellowish-whitish colour, like that of the eggshell.
  • adj. Exhibiting the thinness, translucency or near-transparency, and fragility of an eggshell; as in eggshell porcelain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The shell or exterior covering of an egg. Also used figuratively for anything resembling an eggshell.
  • n. A smooth, white, marine, gastropod shell of the genus Ovulum, resembling an egg in form.
  • adj. of a pale, yellowish-white color.
  • adj. having a smooth but not glossy texture like that of a hen's egg. Also referred to as matte glaze or non-lustrous glaze.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The shell or outside covering of an egg: chiefly said of the hard, brittle, calcareous covering of birds' eggs.

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

  • n. the exterior covering of a bird's egg

Etymologies

egg +‎ shell (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At 500x magnification, the structure of an eggshell is revealed as a tangled network of mineralized fibers

    Egg-Citing Facts

  • Olives, sages, pale greys and blues: these colours were made for outdoor light, and Farrow & Ball now produces all its colours in eco exterior eggshell, which is wonderfully matt.

    Homes: Big ideas for small backyards

  • But an eggshell is a fortress compared to the feathers and gossamer skin that shield this minute nestling from all the evils of the world.

    Birdology

  • Peter answers by the simile of an eggshell, which is cunningly made, yet of necessity to be broken; so is the world, &c. that the excellent state of heaven might be made manifest.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • She also managed to distribute nickel as an eggshell, which is extremely difficult.

    R&D Mag - News

  • Speaking of finishes, the Times does a fair job comparing satin aka "eggshell" and flat, but makes no mention of semi-gloss, which is often the best option for shelving, trim, and doors.

    What the New York Times got right (and wrong) about painting

  • Even if you accept that we Brits might look alike to our Stateside counterparts - pallid and vaguely unkempt with teeth the wrong side of ''eggshell'' - this is a stretch.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • It seems there are a million and one gorgeous styles on offer this year and my latest find is these adorable 'eggshell' wedges at Anthropologie.

    Shoewawa

  • The Kalahari Television Network is broadcast on a big eggshell screen.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • Our Ratings of nearly 70 models are broken down by finish: satin/eggshell (best for most applications), flat/matte (ideal for low-traffic areas), and semigloss (targeting trim, doors, and shelves).

    Consumer Reports' secrets to the perfect paint job

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