- a mollusklike marine animal; brachiopod.
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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- another name for a brachiopod
C19: from its likeness in shape to an ancient Roman oil lamp