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 for Message shell
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shell \Shell\, n. [OE. shelle, schelle, AS. scell, scyll; akin
     to D. shel, Icel. skel, Goth. skalja a tile, and E. skill.
     Cf. Scale of fishes, Shale, Skill.]
     1. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal.
        (a) The covering, or outside part, of a nut; as, a
            hazelnut shell.
        (b) A pod.
        (c) The hard covering of an egg.
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                  Think him as a serpent's egg, . . .
                  And kill him in the shell.        --Shak.
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        (d) (Zool.) The hard calcareous or chitinous external
            covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other
            invertebrates. In some mollusks, as the cuttlefishes,
            it is internal, or concealed by the mantle. Also, the
            hard covering of some vertebrates, as the armadillo,
            the tortoise, and the like.
        (e) (Zool.) Hence, by extension, any mollusks having such
            a covering.
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     2. (Mil.) A hollow projectile, of various shapes, adapted for
        a mortar or a cannon, and containing an explosive
        substance, ignited with a fuse or by percussion, by means
        of which the projectile is burst and its fragments
        scattered. See Bomb.
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     3. The case which holds the powder, or charge of powder and
        shot, used with breechloading small arms.
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     4. Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior
        structure, regarded as not complete or filled in; as, the
        shell of a house.
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     5. A coarse kind of coffin; also, a thin interior coffin
        inclosed in a more substantial one. --Knight.
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     6. An instrument of music, as a lyre, -- the first lyre
        having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a
        tortoise shell.
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              When Jubal struck the chorded shell.  --Dryden.
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     7. An engraved copper roller used in print works.
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     8. pl. The husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is
        often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa, etc.
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     9. (Naut.) The outer frame or case of a block within which
        the sheaves revolve.
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     10. A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood
         or with paper; as, a racing shell.
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     11. Something similar in form or action to an ordnance shell;
         (a) (Fireworks) A case or cartridge containing a charge
             of explosive material, which bursts after having been
             thrown high into the air. It is often elevated
             through the agency of a larger firework in which it
             is contained.
         (b) (Oil Wells) A torpedo.
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     12. A concave rough cast-iron tool in which a convex lens is
         ground to shape.
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     13. A gouge bit or shell bit.
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     Message shell, a bombshell inside of which papers may be
        put, in order to convey messages.
     Shell bit, a tool shaped like a gouge, used with a brace in
        boring wood. See Bit, n., 3.
     Shell button.
         (a) A button made of shell.
         (b) A hollow button made of two pieces, as of metal, one
             for the front and the other for the back, -- often
             covered with cloth, silk, etc.
     Shell cameo, a cameo cut in shell instead of stone.
     Shell flower. (Bot.) Same as Turtlehead.
     Shell gland. (Zool.)
         (a) A glandular organ in which the rudimentary shell is
             formed in embryonic mollusks.
         (b) A glandular organ which secretes the eggshells of
             various worms, crustacea, mollusks, etc.
     Shell gun, a cannon suitable for throwing shells.
     Shell ibis (Zool.), the openbill of India.
     Shell jacket, an undress military jacket.
     Shell lime, lime made by burning the shells of shellfish.
     Shell marl (Min.), a kind of marl characterized by an
        abundance of shells, or fragments of shells.
     Shell meat, food consisting of shellfish, or testaceous
        mollusks. --Fuller.
     Shell mound. See under Mound.
     Shell of a boiler, the exterior of a steam boiler, forming
        a case to contain the water and steam, often inclosing
        also flues and the furnace; the barrel of a cylindrical,
        or locomotive, boiler.
     Shell road, a road of which the surface or bed is made of
        shells, as oyster shells.
     Shell sand, minute fragments of shells constituting a
        considerable part of the seabeach in some places.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Message \Mes"sage\ (?; 48), n. [F., fr. LL. missaticum, fr. L.
     mittere, missum, to send. See Mission, and cf.
     1. Any notice, word, or communication, written or verbal,
        sent from one person to another.
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              Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee.
                                                    --Judg. iii.
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     2. Hence, specifically, an official communication, not made
        in person, but delivered by a messenger; as, the
        President's message.
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     Message shell. See Shell.
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