from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shelly bank or bar, usually covered at high tide, forming favorite feeding-grounds for various fishes.
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Sabre-Tooth, long-fanged and long-haired, was the chiefest peril to us of the squatting place, who crouched through the nights over our fires and by day increased the growing shell-bank beneath us by the clams we dug and devoured from the salt mud-flats beside us.
Patsy's little reticule and made off to the bathing cove, a well-hidden nook of sand, half cavern, half high shell-bank, which bygone tides had excavated in the huge flank of the Black Head.
But Feliu, nearing the flooded shell-bank, watches the white flashings, -- knows when the time comes to keep flat and take a long, long breath.