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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.
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Origin of tooth shell

First recorded in 1705–15
Also called tusk shell.
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Examples from the Web for tooth shell

Historical Examples of tooth shell

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

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • This is the well-known Dentalium pretiosum, or Tooth-shell, generally known as the Hioqua.

British Dictionary definitions for tooth shell

tooth shell

  1. another name for the tusk shell
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