Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To remove from a shell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To strip the shell from; to take out of the shell; to hatch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To strip the shell from; to take out of the shell; to hatch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To divest of the shell; take out of a shell; hatch; hence, to give birth to; also, to release.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ shell

Examples

  • I have a dog (goldenretriever, irish setter, rottweiler, chow mix) that will take roasted peanuts in the shell and actually unshell the peanuts and spit the shells.

    My Dog Ate the _________?

  • Nevertheless, this nasty revelation was worth the pleasure of watching a house finch manipulate a sunflower seed in its beak and -- without hands or teeth -- miraculously unshell it.

    Wild Birds In Winter

  • Gaynor impatiently directed the servant to unshell his eggs.

    The Dreamthief's Daughter

  • Helva was engulfed in an unshell-like flurry of anticipation.

    the ship who sang

  • "But short time does it require to unshell the kernel of a nut like this," returned the officer, looking round; "and Cowlson reports to me that everything in it, save in the woman's quarters, (which his modesty did not permit him to search,) is as well known to him as the contents of his own cabin."

    The Knight of the Golden Melice A Historical Romance

  • If we continue to unshell the kernel, we find, below this mineral layer,

    The Life of the Spider

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