Definitions

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  • adj. Having a similar shape to a seashell
  • n. The ear, particularly in set phrases.

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Examples

  • The glittering shell-like paint frames the tongue shaped furniture protrusions that grow from the surrounding walls.

    The Nautilus – Giant Snail-Shaped Home Fit for a Family | Inhabitat

  • From the out-of-this-world shape of Brazil's Niterói Contemporary Art Museum to the iconic shell-like spirals of New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the structures are often as captivating, perplexing and radical as the world-renowned pieces they house.

    World's Most Stunning Museums (PHOTOS)

  • From the out-of-this-world shape of Brazil's Niterói Contemporary Art Museum to the iconic shell-like spirals of New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the structures are often as captivating, perplexing and radical as the world-renowned pieces they house.

    World's Most Stunning Museums (PHOTOS)

  • Here Chipperfield is following a romantic, ambitious, but disastrous attempt to realise a shell-like object placed in the sea, by the Norwegian architects Snøhetta.

    David Chipperfield: master of permanence | Interview

  • They found a durable plastic button with a shell-like sheen for three cents each.

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  • Pearl Hand tucked her long hair behind her shell-like ears.

    Fire The Sky

  • And I'm glad I was dumped before social networking crystallised, shell-like, over our lives, because however painful it was, the experience seems now quite pure.

    Online break-ups

  • If you are, have a word in his shell-like, he seems a bit more clued up than his predecessor and face less in-yer-face.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • Their elegantly turned horns, which usually curved out from just past their temples to run along the sides of their heads, now straightened and sharpened into deadly points, the normally shell-like color blackening.

    Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark: The Clan MacRieve

  • Her shell-like ear was day by day a more intriguing thing as he viewed it from the corner of his eye, partially covered though it usually was by the soft masses of brown hair that fell in witching wavelets to the girl's shoulders.

    "Master Control" by Harl Vincent, part 1

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  • UK colloquial - ear. Often heard in the introductory phrase "a word in your shell-like..."

    August 15, 2010