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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Example sentences
To confirm his statements he showed the eggshell which could still be seen on a
  small plate in the room.
Fill the eggshell partway with water and shake it up to rinse thoroughly.
The real surprise, however, was fragments of dinosaur eggshell.
The eggshell is cracked, and the influenza virus is injected into the fluid
  surrounding the embryo.
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