egg-shell

eggshell

[eg-shel]
noun
1.
the shell of a bird's egg, consisting of keratin fibers and calcite crystals.
2.
a pale yellowish-white color.
3.
rather bulky paper having a slightly rough finish.
adjective
4.
like an eggshell, as in thinness and delicacy; very brittle; fragile.
5.
being pale yellowish-white in color.
6.
having little or no gloss: eggshell white paint.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English ayschelle. See egg1, shell

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eggshell (ˈɛɡˌʃɛl)
 
n
1.  the hard porous protective outer layer of a bird's egg, consisting of calcite and protein
2.  a yellowish-white colour
3.  a type of paper with a slightly rough finish
4.  (modifier) (of paint) having a very slight sheen: an eggshell finish
5.  walk on eggshells to be very cautious or diplomatic for fear of upsetting someone
 
adj
6.  of a yellowish-white colour: eggshell paint

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