half shell
noun Date: 1860 either of the valves of a bivalve

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • half shell — n. either of the two shells of a bivalve mollusk on the half shell served raw, with seasonings, on a half shell: said of oysters, etc …   English World dictionary

  • half-shell — halfˈ shell noun One shell or valve of a bivalve • • • Main Entry: ↑half …   Useful english dictionary

  • half shell — half′ shell n. ivt either of the halves of a double shelled creature, as of an oyster, clam, or other bivalve mollusk • Etymology: 1855–60, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • half shell — noun : either of the valves of a bivalve • on the half shell * * * either of the halves of a double shelled creature, as of an oyster, clam, or other bivalve mollusk. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * half shell, one shell of a bivalve: »oysters on the half …   Useful english dictionary

  • half shell — 1. adjective Inexpensive; not overpriced.<!presumably an allusion to using clamshells as currency? 2. noun a) Any half of a roughly spherical like object; any dome shaped object. b) Either half of a clamshell especially when used to serve… …   Wiktionary

  • half shell — either of the halves of a double shelled creature, as of an oyster, clam, or other bivalve mollusk. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Venus on the Half-Shell and Others — infobox Book | name = Venus on the Half Shell and Others title orig = translator = image caption = Cover of first edition (hardcover) author = Philip José Farmer editor = Christopher Paul Carey illustrator = cover artist = Bob Eggleton country =… …   Wikipedia

  • on the half shell — phrasal : in either of the halves of a shell oysters on the half shell * * * on the half shell : served in one of the two halves of the shell oysters on the half shell • • • Main Entry: ↑half shell …   Useful english dictionary

  • Venus on the Half-Shell — infobox Book | name = Venus on the Half Shell title orig = translator = image caption = 1970s paperback edition author = Philip José Farmer as Kilgore Trout cover artist = country = United States language = English series = genre = Science… …   Wikipedia

  • on the half shell — phrasal served in a half shell < oysters on the half shell > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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