nutshell


nutshell

noun

  1. the shell of a nut.
Idioms

  1. in a nutshell, in very brief form; in a few words: Just tell me the story in a nutshell.

noun

  1. the shell around the kernel of a nut
  2. in a nutshell in essence; briefly
n.

c.1200, nute-scalen; see nut + shell (n.). Figurative use with reference to “great condensation” (1570s) supposedly originally is a reference to a copy of the “Iliad,” mentioned by Pliny, which was so small it could fit into the shell of a nut.

see in a nutshell.

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