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[n] hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
[n] the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc
[n] a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
[n] ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun
[n] the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case"
[n] a very light narrow racing boat
[n] a rigid covering that envelops an object; "the satellite is covered with a smooth shell of ice"
[n] the exterior covering of a bird's egg
[n] the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts
[n] the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals
[adj] having a shell or containing shell; "shell marl"
[v] remove the husks from, as of ears of corn
[v] remove from its shell or outer covering; "shell the legumes"
[v] come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
[v] use explosives on; "The enemy has been shelling us all day"
[v] look for and collect shells by the seashore
[v] hit the pitches of hard and regularly; "He shelled the pitcher for eight runs in the first inning"
[v] fall out of the pod or husk; "The corn shelled"

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