from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The shell of an oyster.


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  • Chemical analyses confirmed that the bricks were fired from local clay and set in oyster-shell mortar - all copied in the reconstruction led by mason Jimmy Price, owner of Virginia Limeworks.

    Theorized Reconstruction of a 17th Century Jesuit Church in America

  • There's exquisite attention to details, like the oyster-shell- and driftwood chandeliers in the restaurant and the terrace bar.

    Southern Revival

  • Avoid “natural” calcium supplements such as oyster-shell calcium or bone meal that are less regulated and may contain lead.

    The Flex Diet

  • Rose got to run daily through the beautiful, lush landscapes around her, but the oyster-shell road was always there for her to cross as well.

    Babes with a Beatitude

  • The Manual of Reason's example (TS 72) is of the false pseudo-perceptual judgement “This is a piece of silver” on seeing an oyster-shell.

    Analytic Philosophy in Early Modern India

  • This 1889 two-story home with oyster-shell windows once belonged to a wealthy Macau businessman and has been recently restored.


  • The spaces between would each have an oyster-shell in the middle, and here and there he designed to leave the chalk to itself, which would always, he observed, make the grotto light and cheary.


  • I wish they were forbidden to write, on pain of having their faces deeply scarified with an oyster-shell.

    Appalachian Hardship

  • The god surfs his way through the arch on an oyster-shell chariot that is drawn by powerful winged seahorses and is driven by Tritons blowing on conch shells to herald his arrival.

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  • The change is effected by philosophy; it is not the turning over of an oyster-shell, but the conversion of a soul from night to day, from becoming to being.

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett


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