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[shel-fish] /ˈʃɛlˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) shellfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) shellfishes.
an aquatic animal having a shell, as the oyster and other mollusks and the lobster and other crustaceans.
Origin of shellfish
before 900; Middle English; Old English scilfisc. See shell, fish Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shellfish
  • Staging posts along the flyway, used by migrating birds for millennia, are being over-exploited for shellfish.
  • Similar efforts are under way with plant toxins, and with poisons extracted from shellfish and puffer fish.
  • Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish tend to be lifelong.
  • Fish generally contains less cholesterol than other meats, but some shellfish are high in cholesterol.
  • People who are allergic to shellfish should not take these supplements.
  • The head helps support powerful jaw muscles that allow the turtles to crush shellfish.
  • Their distinctive whiskers are extremely sensitive and help them locate clams and other shellfish buried on the seafloor.
  • shellfish are a far less dramatic prey but still an important part of the leopard seal's diet.
  • Sewage contamination also frequently causes poisoning in shellfish consumers.
  • shellfish are abundant, so there's a good chance you too will do some glutting on fresh local bounty.
British Dictionary definitions for shellfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any aquatic invertebrate having a shell or shell-like carapace, esp such an animal used as human food. Examples are crustaceans such as crabs and lobsters and molluscs such as oysters
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Word Origin and History for shellfish

also shell-fish, Old English scylfiscas (plural); see shell (n.) + fish (n.).

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