- any of several marine gastropods of the family Epitonii (Scalariidae), having a whitish, spiraled shell.
Origin of wentletrap
1750–60; < Dutch wenteltrap, earlier wendeltrap spiral staircase, equivalent to wend(en) to turn + frequentative -el- (compare wentelen to revolve) + trap trap1)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- any marine gastropod mollusc of the family Epitoniidae, having a long pointed pale-coloured longitudinally ridged shell
C18: from Dutch winteltrap spiral shell, from wintel, earlier windel, from wenden to wind + trap a step, stairs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012