from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A hard-shell clam or hard-shell crab.
  • adjective Having a thick, heavy, or hardened shell.
  • adjective Uncompromising; confirmed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In zoology, having a hard Shell.
  • Rigidly and narrowly orthodox; conservative; uncompromising.
  • noun A hard-shelled crab or clam.
  • noun See Hard, n., 5 .

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Colloq., U.S. Unyielding; insensible to argument; uncompromising; strict.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having a rigid shell
  • adjective Refusing to compromise; confirmed or deep-rooted


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