[ tel-in ]
/ ˈtɛl ɪn /


any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus Tellina, having a thin, rounded shell of white, yellow, pink, or purple.

Origin of tellin

1895–1900; < New Latin Tellina name of the genus < Greek tellī́nē a shellfish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for tellin

/ (ˈtɛlɪn) /


any of various slim marine bivalve molluscs of the genus Tellina (or Macoma) that live in intertidal sand, esp the smooth oval delicately tinted T. tenuis

Word Origin for tellin

from New Latin tellina, from Greek tellinē a shellfish
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