tooth shell

  1. any marine mollusk of the class Scaphopoda, having a curved, tapering shell that is open at both ends.

  2. the shell itself.

Origin of tooth shell

First recorded in 1705–15

Words Nearby tooth shell Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use tooth shell in a sentence

  • One of the most characteristic of them lives in Dentalium, the tooth-shell.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide | Augusta Foote Arnold
  • The second family, Dentaliadæ, affords the curious Dentalium, or tooth shell.

    The Ocean World: | Louis Figuier
  • This is the well-known Dentalium pretiosum, or Tooth-shell, generally known as the Hioqua.

    The Adventures of John Jewitt | John Rodgers Jewitt

British Dictionary definitions for tooth shell

tooth shell

  1. another name for the tusk shell

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