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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. 2016.
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  • It has been a question whether oysters on the half-shell should be served at a lady's lunch.

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
  • Oysters on the half-shell and bouillon served in cups are the first two courses.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • The subject for anatomical study is then prepared "upon the half-shell."

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • So Bannertail had grub on the half-shell and nuts on the side for his first course.

    Bannertail Ernest Thompson Seton
  • On this principle, an oyster on the half-shell might be called an Entomostracan.

    Through a Microscope Samuel Wells
  • A half-dozen such oysters on the half-shell, would make a feast even for the most voracious oyster eater.

  • September does not always indicate golden sunshine, and ripening corn, and old gold pumpkin pies on the half-shell.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • Half′-roy′al, a special kind of millboard or pasteboard; Half′-shell, one-half of a bivalve, as in oysters 'on the half-shell.'

  • So with their relish of humor; they must hav it on the half-shell with cayenne.

    Josh Billings on Ice Henry Wheeler Shaw
  • Oysters on the half-shell are served bedded in crushed ice in a soup plate.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson

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