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half shell

either of the halves of a double-shelled creature, as of an oyster, clam, or other bivalve mollusk.
Origin of half shell
1855-60, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Served on a king crab half shell heated over hot coals, the brains were strained then mixed with bonito broth.
  • Take your tiny fork and sort of move the oyster around in its liquid-filled half shell to make sure it's detached.
  • The casual restaurant offers its eponymous creations raw on the half shell, steamed and baked.
  • Grab a seat in the outdoor dining area and order a plate of oysters on the half shell.
  • Lovers of oysters on the half shell may want to indulge now, while they can.
  • Start with the clams on the half shell or a basket of popcorn shrimp.
  • The sushi on hand includes such selections as giant clam, oyster half shell, mackerel and monkfish liver.
  • The kitchen prepares dishes such as raw oysters on the half shell, panini sandwiches and fried fish and seafood dishes.
  • Appetizers for lunch include fresh mozzarella and clams on the half shell.
  • Oysters come fried, by the bucket and on the half shell.

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