• Of a pale yellowish-whitish colour, like that of the eggshell.
  • Exhibiting the thinness, translucency or near-transparency, and fragility of an eggshell.
  • Very matt, having a low reflexivity, like an eggshell.


  • 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, equivalent to egg + shell. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Oaierskil, Dutch eierschaal, German Eierschale, Danish æggeskal, Swedish äggskal.

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