Soft-shell
Soft-shell Soft"-shell`, Soft-shelled Soft"-shelled`, a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster]

{Soft-shell clam} (Zo["o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}.

{Soft-shelled crab}. (Zo["o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1.

{Soft-shelled turtle}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Soft tortoise}, under {Soft}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • soft-shell — soft′ shell adj. 1) zool. Also, soft′ shelled′. having a soft, flexible, or fragile shell, as a crab that has recently molted 2) zool. a soft shell animal, esp. a soft shell crab • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • soft-shell — ☆ soft shell [sôf′shel΄ ] adj. 1. having a soft shell 2. having an unhardened shell as the result of recent molting: Also soft shelled n. a soft shell animal; esp., a crab that has recently molted …   English World dictionary

  • soft-shell — I. ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: soft (I) + shell 1. : having a soft or fragile shell especially as a result of recent shedding 2. : moderate in policy or doctrine : avoiding extreme principles or measures the sort of soft shell left of center… …   Useful english dictionary

  • soft-shell — /sawft shel , soft /, adj. 1. Also, soft shelled. having a soft, flexible, or fragile shell, as a crab that has recently molted. n. 2. a soft shell animal, esp. a soft shell crab. [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • soft-shell — or soft shelled adjective Date: 1805 having a soft or fragile shell especially as a result of recent shedding < soft shell crabs > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Soft shell — Als Funktionstextilien, auch Klimastoffe, atmungsaktive Stoffe oder Funktionswäsche, bezeichnet man Textilien, die nach physiologischen Gesichtspunkten aufgebaut sind und insbesondere den Körper vor Feuchtigkeit schützen sollen. Im Idealfall… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Soft-shell clam — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Soft-shell clam — Soft shell Soft shell , Soft shelled Soft shelled , a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster] {Soft shell clam} (Zo[ o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}. {Soft shelled crab}. (Zo[ o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1. {Soft shelled turtle}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Soft-shell crab — in New Orleans, Louisiana Soft shell crab is a culinary term for crabs which have recently molted their old exoskeleton and are still soft.[1] In the United States, the main species is the blue crab , Callin …   Wikipedia

  • soft-shell crab — soft′ shell crab′ n. ivt a crab, esp. the blue crab, that has recently molted and therefore has a soft, edible shell • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

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