lamp shell

or lamp·shell

Origin of lamp shell

First recorded in 1850–55; so called because its shape was thought to resemble that of an ancient Roman oil lamp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for lamp shell

lamp shell

  1. another name for a brachiopod

Word Origin for lamp shell

C19: from its likeness in shape to an ancient Roman oil lamp
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