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shell
[ʃel]
noun
1. concha (f) (of snail, oyster, on beach); caparazón (m) (of lobster, tortoise); cáscara (f) (of egg, nut)
  • she soon came out of her shell (sentido figurado) rápidamente salió de su concha or caparazón
  • shell suit chándal (m) or (español de España) pants mpl or (español de México) jogging (m) or (RP) mono (m) de nylon (español de Venezuela)
2. esqueleto (m) armazón (m or f) (of building)
3. proyectil (m) (bomb)
  • shell shock neurosis f inv de guerra
transitive verb
4. pelar (nuts, eggs); desgranar (peas)
5. atacar con fuego de artillería (bombard)
shell [ʃel]
noun
1 [of egg, nut] cáscara (f)
They cracked the nuts and removed their shells Three of these eggs have got cracked shells
[of tortoise, turtle] caparazón (m); carapacho (m); [of snail, shellfish] concha (f); caracol (m); (LAm)
I used to spend hours collecting shells on the beach
[of pea] vaina (f); [of coconut] cáscara (f) leñosa
little boats made of leaves or coconut shells sounds like coconut shells being knocked together he uses powdered coconut shell as a starter compost
to come out of one's shell salir del caparazón or carapacho; (LAm)
to crawl or go into one's shell encerrarse or meterse en su concha; encerrarse or meterse en su caparazón
He's useless at parties. He retires into his shell and won't speak to anybody.
2 [of building, vehicle, ship] armazón (m) (f); casco (m)
the burned-out shell of thatch and mud that had once been the farmhouse The solid feel of \the car's shell\ is impressive
3 (artillery round) obús (m); proyectil (m)
Arnold had his leg smashed when a shell hit the truck he was driving
(US) [of shotgun] cartucho (m)
4 (Cookery) [of pie, flan] masa (f)
transitive verb
1 [+peas] pelar; desvainar
He was \shelling peas\ in the kitchen The women sit in the sun shelling beans
[+nuts] pelar; descascarar; [+mussels, cockles] quitar la concha a; [+prawns] pelar
Shell the mussels and keep them hot in a bowl shelled crab meat Stir in the shelled prawns
[+eggs] quitar la cáscara a
Leave the eggs in the saucepan until they are cool enough to be shelled
shelled prawns gambas (f) peladas
it's like or as easy as shelling peas es pan comido; es coser y cantar
Scoring goals for Manchester United is like shelling peas
2 (Mil) bombardear
modifier
shell game (n) (US) (trick) juego consistente en adivinar en cuál de tres cubiletes se esconde un objeto; triles (very_informal) (f); (fraud) artimaña (f)
The Iraqi air force is said to be playing a shell game with those planes, moving them around to avoid destruction by American air attacks
shell hole (n) hoyo que forma un obús al explotar
shell shock (n) neurosis (f) de guerra
shell suit (n) tipo de chandal
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