Finger shell

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Finger shell (Zoöl) a marine shell (Pholas dactylus) resembling a finger in form.
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Usage

In literature:

Similar noises are heard also when we place our fingers in our ears, or when we hold a shell or hollow vessel against one of them.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
He turned away embarrassed, marvelling at the touch of her fingers as she took the bits of shell from his hand.
"The Man of the Desert" by Grace Livingston Hill
A mussel-shell is a thousand fingers like Edwin's.
"The Scarlet Plague" by Jack London
The four fingers of his right hand had been cut away clean by a piece of shell.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
In length each finger doth his next excel, Each richly headed with a pearly shell.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Every one dipped a finger in the water which was placed in a huge shell near the door.
"Fil and Filippa" by John Stuart Thomson
A bit of the shell dropped away, exposing the fingers.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
The merciless finger of Time has been more fatal to it than shot and shell.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
It shocked me to notice that the pink of her sea-shell face had gone and that her fingers trembled.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
I took the shells in my fingers, I slowly examined them, and returned them to my friend.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
Great, finger-long teeth had been set in the lower edge of the shell to heighten the already fearsome appearance.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
Crunching the shells between her fingers comforted her a little.
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
He turned the tiny shell around in his fingers.
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage
It needed nimble feminine fingers to turn out the very nub of a shell, namely, the fuse.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
When him see the gal with the egg shell 'pon him finger, him run an' bit off the gal finger slap to the hand.
"Jamaican Song and Story" by Walter Jekyll
Hold the oyster by the hard part, removing pieces of shell with the finger.
"A Course of Lectures on the Principles of Domestic Economy and Cookery" by Juliet Corson
To guard against the dropping of the shell you can place your little finger under the cover.
"Water Wizardry" by Arthur Ainslie
We were crushed just as you might crash an egg-shell between your fingers.
"Wild Adventures round the Pole" by Gordon Stables
This particular shell," PLAYFAIR continued, holding it up between finger and thumb, "is covered all over with microscopic oysters.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 107, July 21st 1894" by Various
Scrape the seeds loose in the pods with your finger nail, and bruise and mash the shells.
"Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book" by Eliza Leslie
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In poetry:

Small hands, fair as the shells of the sea,
And sweet little fingers - oh, hush!
What is it they hold? Ah! I see,
'Tis a confounded "dipper"- stick-brush!
"To The Fair" by Anonymous Americas
Sit on the bed. I'm blind, and three parts shell.
Be careful; can't shake hands now; never shall.
Both arms have mutinied against me,-brutes.
My fingers fidget like ten idle brats.
"A Terre (being the philosophy of many soldiers)" by Wilfred Owen
Soldier, soldier, if by shot or shell
They wound him, my dear lad, my sweetheart O,
He'll lie bleeding in the rain
And call me, all in vain,
Crying for the fingers of his sweetheart O.
"Soldier, Soldier" by Maurice Hewlett

In news:

We slurped them down, burning our fingers on the hot shells.
Nick Gomez walks toward the shooting range with his AK-47 rifle and shells Monday evening at Finger Lakes State Park Shooting Range .
Nick Gomez walks toward the shooting range with his AK-47 rifle and shells Monday evening at Finger Lakes State Park Shooting Range.
Hold crawfish on both sides of the tail joint, your thumbs on one side of the shell and your index fingers on the other.
With an engagement ring on her finger, the North Carolina stylist was set on a small beach wedding and shelled out thousands of dollars for a house.
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