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”).
eggshell (plural eggshells)
- The shell around an egg.
- 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i], page 380:
- Like Egge-ſhels mou'd upon their Surges, crack'd / As eaſily ’gainſt our Rockes.
- (color) A pale off-white colour, like that of the eggshell.
- (color) Of a pale yellowish-whitish colour, like that of the eggshell.
- Exhibiting the thinness, translucency or near-transparency, and fragility of an eggshell.
- eggshell porcelain
- Very matt, having a low reflexivity, like an eggshell.
- This clear varnish is available in gloss, matt and eggshell finishes.