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[tel-in] /ˈtɛl ɪn/
any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus Tellina, having a thin, rounded shell of white, yellow, pink, or purple.
Origin of tellin
1895-1900; < New Latin Tellina name of the genus < Greek tellī́nē a shellfish Unabridged
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  • If ever I get my chance at him, don't ye think I won't be tellin' him what he has lost, and what he has got?

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • I tell ye, he's no sardine; you kin see that without my tellin' ye.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Wal, Pete Willin' was tellin' me you'd just took up this note of Graham's?

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • There's no tellin' what he can do till he gets a chance, do you see?

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • An' I've got Mr. Sid's rifle, an' Mr. Jack is tellin' of me how!

  • I guess you an' I are o' one family now, so there's no harm in tellin'.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • As for tellin' anybody her brother's engaged, you needn't worry about that.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Cy's tellin' himself fairy yarns and he hopes he believes 'em.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Zach, make you acquainted with Mr. Bangs, the one I was tellin' you about.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Who put you up to tellin' me to sell that stock to Pulcifer?

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for tellin


any of various slim marine bivalve molluscs of the genus Tellina (or Macoma) that live in intertidal sand, esp the smooth oval delicately tinted T. tenuis
Word Origin
from New Latin tellina, from Greek tellinē a shellfish
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