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shell

noun  /ʃel/ us  

shell noun (COVERING)

[C/U] the hard outer covering of nuts, eggs, a few vegetables, and some animals: [C] Turtles, snails, and crabs all have shells to protect them.

shell noun (EXPLOSIVE)

[C] a tube filled with explosives that is fired from a large gun

shell

verb [T]  /ʃel/ us  

shell verb [T] (FIRE EXPLOSIVE)

to fire shells at something: Military forces began shelling areas north of the city.

shell verb [T] (REMOVE COVERING)

to remove the hard outer covering of nuts and other foods: He sits in front of the TV, shelling peanuts.
Phrasal verbs
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