Definition of dove shell in English:

dove shell


  • A small mollusc with a robust shell, occurring in tropical and subtropical seas.

    Family Pyrenidae (or Columbellidae), class Gastropoda: Pyrene and other genera

    • ‘Dove shells are small and attractive shells that are common in rocky environments but are most often inhabited by hermit crabs.’
    • ‘There are also the spiral shells of various sea snails, including what look like beaded periwinkles (family Littorinidae), and spirally corded dove shells (family Columbellidae).’