One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A burrowing European mollusc that has a spiral shell with a flared lip that extends into several points.
Aporrhais pespelecani, family Aporrhaidae, class Gastropoda
- ‘Only seven known species of the Pelican's Foot shell have been found, some of which are from the deep sea and rare.’
- ‘He has made various recent acquisitions of curios like a marble sculpture in the shape of a pelican's foot shell, from around 400 B.C., paper thin so that light shines through it, and a pair of larger-than-life eyes with bronze eyelids, monumentally surreal.’
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