Definition of Shellbacks

1. Noun. (plural of shellback) ¹



¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shellbacks

1. shellback [n] - See also: shellback

Lexicographical Neighbors of Shellbacks

shell suit
shell suits
shellable
shellac
shellac base
shellac varnish
shellac wax
shellack
shellacked
shellacking
shellackings
shellacks
shellacs
shellapple
shellback
shellbacks (current term)
shellbark
shellbark hickory
shellbarks
shellcode
shellcodes
shellcracker
shellcrackers
shelled
sheller
shellers
shellfire
shellfires
shellfish
shellfisheries

Literary usage of Shellbacks

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Tale of Two Oceans: A New Story by an Old Californian : an Account of a by Ezekiel I. Barra (1893)
"They, being old shellbacks, were not affected by the motion of the ship. The dinner consisted of salt beef, salt pork, cabbage, potatoes, and plum duff with ..."

2. South Sea Foam: The Romantic Adventures of a Modern Don Quixote in the by Arnold Safroni-Middleton (1920)
"It was nearly midnight when the inevitable argument arose and the shellbacks and traders took sides. I often wonder how O'Hara and I escaped suffocation in ..."

3. South Sea Foam: The Romantic Adventures of a Modern Don Quixote in the by Arnold Safroni-Middleton (1920)
"His deplorable wit brought forth roars of laughter from the assemblage of shellbacks and half-castes who haunted their presence. ..."

4. A Vagabond's Odyssey: Being Further Reminiscences of a ... Sailor-troubadour by A Safroni-Middleton (1916)
"He has come back from Apia town and is tired, yet secretly as pleased as the two old shellbacks who have carried his curios back, and who hitch up their ..."

5. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"'Skippers and shellbacks,' 1885. 3. ' School Board Idylls/ 1886. 4. 'Schools and Scholars/ 1887. 6. 'The Chequers, being the Natural History of a Public ..."

6. The Bookman (1903)
"Shore folks have the idea we're a lot of old water-logged, barnacle-covered shellbacks, always hitching up our trousers and chewing plug tobacco. ..."

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