lamp shell

or lamp·shell


noun

a mollusklike marine animal; brachiopod.

Nearby words

  1. lamont,
  2. lamoureux,
  3. lamp,
  4. lamp chimney,
  5. lamp oil,
  6. lamp standard,
  7. lamp trimmer,
  8. lamp-black,
  9. lamp-post,
  10. lamp-shade

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

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British Dictionary definitions for lamp shell

lamp shell

noun

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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