eggshell

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English eggeshell, ege schelle, egg-shel, egg shelle (also as Middle English eye schell, ey-schel, ey-schelle), partially continuing Old English ǣġsċill, ǣġsċyll (eggshell), equivalent to egg +‎ shell. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Oaierskil (eggshell), Dutch eierschaal (eggshell), German Eierschale (eggshell), Danish æggeskal (eggshell), Swedish äggskal (eggshell).

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NounEdit

eggshell (plural eggshells)

  1. The shell around an egg.
  2. (color) A pale off-white colour, like that of the eggshell.
    eggshell:  

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eggshell (comparative more eggshell, superlative most eggshell)

  1. (color) Of a pale yellowish-whitish colour, like that of the eggshell.
  2. Exhibiting the thinness, translucency or near-transparency, and fragility of an eggshell.
    eggshell porcelain
  3. Very matt, having a low reflexivity, like an eggshell.
    This clear varnish is available in gloss, matt and eggshell finishes.

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