• WordNet 3.6
    • n shellfish invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell
    • n shellfish meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The eight most popular foods to cause food allergies are: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish
    • n Shellfish (Zoöl) Any aquatic animal whose external covering consists of a shell, either testaceous, as in oysters, clams, and other mollusks, or crustaceous, as in lobsters and crabs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is believed that the Greek poet Aeschylus was killed when a bird flying overhead dropped a tortoise and struck him. Birds have been known to carry shellfish to great heights and drop them in order crack the shells.
    • n shellfish An aquatic animal, not a fish, having a shell, and especially one which comes under popular notice as used for food or for ornament. Specifically
    • n shellfish A crustaceous animal, or crustacean, as a crab, lobster, shrimp, or prawn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Shellfish a popular term for many aquatic animals not fishes, esp. oysters, clams and all molluscs, and crustaceans such as crabs and lobsters
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scell, scyl; Dut. schel, Ice. skel.


In literature:

Again, you may have to get mussels for some work that is being done on shellfish for food.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
They would most likely be able to get shellfish from the rocks, which would be an improvement on the junk.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
They were large shellfish, running from three to six inches in length.
"The Scarlet Plague" by Jack London
He then set off to collect some more shellfish.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
The beach shone white under the moonlight, and dotting it were large shellfish and moving crabs that scuttled away from them.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
They were reduced to feed on their horses; then on bits of filthy shellfish; then on stewed leather.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
On the sea-shore, which they greatly frequent, they live on small shellfish.
"Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls" by Anonymous
Here also is great store of fish, both shellfish and others.
"The Bounty of the Chesapeake" by James Wharton
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
All shellfish when fresh have an agreeable fresh odor.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various

In poetry:

Dry dikes rise hill on hill;
In sloughs of tidal slime
Shellfish deposit lime,
Wild seafowl creep at will.
"By The Road To The Air Base" by Yvor Winters

In news:

Hurricane Sandy, the state has barred shellfish harvesting from the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay and nearly all of its tributaries.
Information from the dye -study to be held Tuesday will be used to determine whether areas of the Lower Piscataqua River are safe for shellfish harvesting and commercial shellfish operations.
To close part of Dorchester County waterway to shellfish harvesting .
Environmental officials will close parts of the Honga River in Dorchester County to shellfish harvesting because of elevated levels of bacteria.
Shellfish harvesting ban tough on watermen, seafood companies.
Bay waters closed to shellfish harvesting .
(AP) — Some Virginia portions of the Chesapeake Bay are again closed to shellfish harvesting because of health concerns stemming from last week's flooding.
Bay Waters Closed To Shellfish Harvesting .
(AP) — Two more Rhode Island shellfishing areas that had been off limits following Superstorm Sandy have reopened.
Prosecutor's Office files charges against the owner of a local shellfish company and 11 of his employees who are accused of illegally harvesting more than $700,000 of oysters and clams from private or state-owned beaches.
Officials ban shellfish harvesting in N.J.
Let these common types of fish and shellfish be the stars of tonight's dinner.
Re "Doubts Cast on US Effort for the Safety of Shellfish " (Business Day, July 19).
Virtually all shellfish harvested from the Gulf of Mexico during warmer months harbor deadly Vibrio vulnificus bacteria.
Recent news and coverage of Shellfish .