shell-less

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

shell +‎ -less

Adjective[edit]

shell-less (comparative more shell-less, superlative most shell-less)

  1. Lacking a shell.
  2. Unprotected, vulnerable.

Usage notes[edit]

The suffix -less is not usually hyphenated. Gary Rosenberg has meantioned that shellless is "a word that I keep trying to slip into professional papers (I'm a malacologist by trade), but so far no editor has let it stand." The unhyphenated spelling, though suggested, is not currently found in any major dictionary.

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