(?), n. 1. The shell or hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is inclosed.
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2. Hence, a thing of little compass, or of little value.
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3. (Zol.) A shell of the genus Nucula.
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in a nutshell in a summarized and very abbreviated form; -- of statments, descriptions, reports, and other communications; as, to describe the convention in a nutshell. -- To be in a nutshell or To 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." Macaulay.
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