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dentalium

[ den-tey-lee-uhm ]
/ dɛnˈteɪ li əm /
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noun, plural den·ta·li·ums, den·ta·li·a.

any tooth shell of the genus Dentalium.

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Origin of dentalium

1860–65; <New Latin <Medieval Latin dentāl(is) dental + -ium-ium
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British Dictionary definitions for dentalium

dentalium
/ (dɛnˈteɪlɪəm) /

noun plural -liums or -lia (-lɪə)

any scaphopod mollusc of the genus DentaliumSee tusk shell

Word Origin for dentalium

C19: New Latin, from Medieval Latin dentālis dental
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