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An example use of shelf in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… sea and decaying shelf they created the …”
A shelf is a flat horizontal surface.
the word shelf occurs in english on average 14.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.