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The shell of a marine mollusk or of another marine organism, such as a brachiopod.


(Zoology) the empty shell of a marine mollusc


or sea′ shell`,

the shell of a marine mollusk.
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Noun1.seashell - the shell of a marine organismseashell - the shell of a marine organism  
shell - the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
صَدَفَةٌ بَحْرِيَّه
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[ˈsiːʃel] Nconcha f marina


sea shell [ˈsiːʃɛl] ncoquillage m


[ˈsiːˌʃɛl] nconchiglia


(siː) noun
1. (often with the) the mass of salt water covering most of the Earth's surface. I enjoy swimming in the sea; over land and sea; The sea is very deep here; (also adjective) A whale is a type of large sea animal.
2. a particular area of sea. the Baltic Sea; These fish are found in tropical seas.
3. a particular state of the sea. mountainous seas.
ˈseaward(s) adverb
towards the sea; away from the land. The yacht left the harbour and sailed seawards.
ˈseaboard noun
the seacoast. the eastern seaboard of the United States.
sea breeze
a breeze blowing from the sea towards the land.
ˈseafaring adjective
of work or travel on ships. a seafaring man.
ˈseafood noun
fish, especially shellfish.
seafood restaurants.
ˈseafront noun
a promenade or part of a town with its buildings facing the sea.
ˈsea-going adjective
designed and equipped for travelling on the sea. a sea-going yacht.
ˈseagull noun
a gull.
sea level
the level of the surface of the sea used as a base from which the height of land can be measured. three hundred metres above sea level.
ˈsea-lion noun
a type of large seal.
ˈseamanplural ˈseamen noun
a sailor, especially a member of a ship's crew who is not an officer.
ˈseaport noun
a port on the coast.
ˈseashell noun
the (empty) shell of a sea creature.
ˈseashore noun
the land close to the sea.
ˈseasick adjective
ill because of the motion of a ship at sea. Were you seasick on the voyage?
ˈseasickness noun
ˈseaside noun
(usually with the) a place beside the sea. We like to go to the seaside in the summer.
ˈseaweed noun
plants growing in the sea. The beach was covered with seaweed.
ˈseaworthy adjective
(negative unseaworthy) (of a ship) suitably built and in good enough condition to sail at sea.
ˈseaworthiness noun
at sea
1. on a ship and away from land. He has been at sea for four months.
2. puzzled or bewildered. Can I help you? You seem all at sea.
go to sea
to become a sailor. He wants to go to sea.
put to sea
to leave the land or a port. They planned to put to sea the next day.
References in classic literature ?
The first glimpse of her new home was a delight to eye and spirit--it looked so like a big, creamy seashell stranded on the harbor shore.
Although this beast approached us, as I have before said, with the greatest rapidity, it must have been moved altogether by necromancy- for it had neither fins like a fish nor web-feet like a duck, nor wings like the seashell which is blown along in the manner of a vessel; nor yet did it writhe itself forward as do the eels.
The canoe was about seven feet in length; of a rich, dark coloured wood, handsomely carved and adorned in many places with variegated bindings of stained sinnate, into which were ingeniously wrought a number of sparkling seashells, and a belt of the same shells ran all round it.
Madeira, again, is inhabited by a wonderful number of peculiar land-shells, whereas not one species of sea-shell is confined to its shores: now, though we do not know how seashells are dispersed, yet we can see that their eggs or larvae, perhaps attached to seaweed or floating timber, or to the feet of wading-birds, might be transported far more easily than land-shells, across three or four hundred miles of open sea.
During the first part of the day we crossed a mountainous rocky desert, and afterwards a long deep sandy plain, strewed with broken seashells.
Photographs taken in Mali and hung on the walls around the tables also had earth and form as their principal subject: paths marked with stones, terraced fields, adobe houses climbing a rocky peak, a crevice in the shape of lips or of a seashell, rudimentary cemeteries, sets of pottery half buried in sand.
GUYLIAN, the famous Belgian Chocolaterie is celebrating the festive season by offering South Wales Echo readers the chance to win a 500g box of delicious, mouth watering seashell chocolates.
Each eight-ounce box, sold in retail outlets for around $9, contains marbled white, milk and dark milk chocolates with hazelnut praline filling sculpted in 11 seashell and seahorse shapes, CONTACT: Guylian USA, (800) 803-4123.
And in "Dickeyville Grotto," about a Wisconsin priest who "built around/[his] plain Wisconsin/redbrick church" a fantastical coral and seashell grotto, Doty appears to celebrate art for art's sake, suggesting that "sly sparkle" is far more important than its "purpose":
The cloudy sky blended with the cloudy inside of the seashell.
Triton's special attribute was a twisted seashell, on which he blew to calm or raise the waves.