From Middle English eggeshell, ege schelle, egg-shel, egg shelle (also as Middle English eye schell, ey-schel, ey-schelle), partially continuing Old English ǣġsċill, ǣġsċyll (“eggshell”), equivalent to egg + shell. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Oaierskil (“eggshell”), Dutch eierschaal (“eggshell”), German Eierschale (“eggshell”), Danish æggeskal (“eggshell”), Swedish äggskal (“eggshell”).
eggshell (plural eggshells)
- Of a pale yellowish-whitish colour, like that of the eggshell.
- Exhibiting the thinness, translucency or near-transparency, and fragility of an eggshell; as in eggshell porcelain.
- Very matt, having a low reflexivity, like an eggshell.
- This clear varnish is available in gloss, matt and eggshell finishes.