Nut"shell` (?), n.


The shell or hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is inclosed.


Hence, a thing of little compass, or of little value.

3. Zool.

A shell of the genus Nucula.

To be, ∨ lie, in a nutshell, to be within a small compass; to admit of very brief or simple determination or statement. "The remedy lay in a nutshell."



© Webster 1913.

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