Meaning of nutshell in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnʌtʃɛl/

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  • 1The hard woody covering around the kernel of a nut.

    ‘Similarly, hickory, walnut, and acorn nutshells have been recovered from Late Paleoindian and Early Archaic contexts at the Hester site, Smith's Ferry, Pickens County, and Rodgers Shelter.’
    • ‘Notably, however, the remains present are fruit stones and nutshells, items that would have been discarded during the final preparation of a meal or at the time of consumption.’
    • ‘Fruits and vegetables were available at the time according to the discovery on the same site of fruit stones, nutshells and more stools containing leeks and other vegetable matter.’
    • ‘It is made from the luohan guo, a round brown fruit with crisp nutshells.’
    • ‘Soon their way veered from the shoreline, and they walked under large canopies of beech trees that dropped nutshells at their feet.’
  • 2

    (also nut shell)
    Any of a number of bivalve molluscs occurring chiefly in cool seas.

    a small oval-shelled bivalve (genus Nuculana, family Nuculanidae).
    a bivalve with a rectangular shell which is rounded at the front and angled behind (genus Nucula, family Nuculidae).


    in a nutshell
    • In the fewest possible words.

      ‘she put the matter in a nutshell’
      • ‘Its brief, in a nutshell, is to showcase works of art to as broad a spectrum of people as possible.’
      • ‘This, in a nutshell, summarizes the uphill battle of perception facing hedge funds.’
      • ‘Yet, in a nutshell, it lacks the originality that it would take to launch a musical revolution.’
      • ‘The news from all my friends in a nutshell: our parents are getting old and sick.’
      • ‘Here, then, is their perspective in a nutshell, and it's a despicable sight.’
      • ‘These famous lines of Shakespeare aptly describe the human life in a nutshell as perhaps no other verse manages to do.’
      • ‘And this, in a nutshell, is the story of Portuguese wine over the past 20 years.’
      • ‘There, in a nutshell, is the source material for countless books.’
      • ‘So in a nutshell that's what I've been up to since Wednesday - drinking too much, not sleeping enough.’
      • ‘That's pretty much the last ten years of American political history in a nutshell.’


      Originally with allusion to a copy of Homer's Iliad which, as reported by Pliny the Elder, was supposedly small enough to be enclosed in the shell of a nut.