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capiz

[kuh-peez, ka-]
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noun
  1. a small marine bivalve of the genus Placuna, especially P. placenta, common in Philippine coastal waters and some other parts of the Pacific Ocean.
  2. Also called windowpane shell, windowglass shell. the squarish, translucent inner shell of Placuna used in making lamps, windowpane, and decorative objects.
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Origin of capiz

of unexplained orig.
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Examples from the Web for capiz

Historical Examples

  • Its chief town is Capiz, situated on the river of the same name.

    A Visit to the Philippine Islands

    John Bowring

  • In the afternoon we came to the entrance of the river on which Capiz is located.

  • Bayons are also produced in large quantities in Capiz province.

    Philippine Mats

    Hugo H. Miller

  • In Dumalag, Capiz Province, hats are of considerable importance.

    Philippine Mats

    Hugo H. Miller

  • They have also succeeded in intrenching themselves at Capiz and in other parts of the Viscayas.


British Dictionary definitions for capiz

capiz

noun
  1. the bivalve shell of a mollusc (Placuna placenta) found esp in the Philippines and having a smooth translucent shiny interior: used in jewellery, ornaments, lampshades, etcAlso called: jingle shell, window shell
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Word Origin

from the native name in the Philippines
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