half shell

noun
either of the halves of a double-shelled creature, as of an oyster, clam, or other bivalve mollusk.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism

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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.
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  steamed and baked.
Grab a seat in the outdoor dining area and order a plate of oysters on the half
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