dentalium

[ den-tey-lee-uhm ]

noun,plural den·ta·li·ums, den·ta·li·a.
  1. any tooth shell of the genus Dentalium.

Origin of dentalium

1
1860–65; <New Latin <Medieval Latin dentāl(is) dental + -ium-ium

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dentalium

/ (dɛnˈteɪlɪəm) /


nounplural -liums or -lia (-lɪə)
  1. any scaphopod mollusc of the genus Dentalium: See tusk shell

Origin of dentalium

1
C19: New Latin, from Medieval Latin dentālis dental

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