soft-shelled

soft-shell

or soft·shell (sôft′shĕl′, sŏft′-)
adj. also soft-shelled (-shĕld′)
Having a soft, brittle, or unhardened shell, often as the result of a recent molt.
n.
A soft-shell aquatic animal.

soft-shelled

adj
(Zoology) having a delicate or soft shell
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