from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box divided into compartments for keeping small shells of different varieties as part of a conchological collection.
  • n. A box decorated by the application of shells arranged in ornamental patterns.


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  • I might yet have made all right, by stepping forwards and slipping into his hand the ruddy little shell-box I at that moment held tight in my own.


  • He saw the top corner of box nine disintegrate under the blast of a high-caliber shell-box nine, the box he and Nkomo had just completed.

    Behold the Stars

  • Bobby took his place on the shell-box in the bow, his rifle between his knees.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde

  • Bobby found, when finally he and Mr. Kincaid emerged from the house carrying his valise, to be well packed with the shell-box, gun, bag and

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde

  • All at once an idea struck me, and getting up I went and got the shell-box, and putting it into her hands, I said, "That is for you; it is yours."

    The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8) Boule de Suif and Other Stories

  • A shell-box adorned the chest of drawers, and on the secretary near the window a bouquet of orange blossoms tied with white satin ribbons stood in a bottle.

    Madame Bovary A Tale of Provincial Life

  • Now you take this demijohn and fill it from the spring-hole you'll find back of the house, and I'll get the shell-box. "

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde


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