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A genus of small gastropod molluscs of warm and tropical seas (family Olividae), having glossy cylindrical shells; (also olivella) a snail of this genus.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Swainson (1789–1855), naturalist and artist. From scientific Latin Olivella, originally a subgenus name from Oliva, genus name + -ella.
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