One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A burrowing bivalve mollusc with a long, slender shell which resembles the handle of a cut-throat razor.
Family Solenidae: Ensis and other genera
- ‘And there were an unusual number of razor shells around the hull.’
- ‘Other prey, such as bristle worms, razor shells and tellins are also taken when available.’
- ‘The middle regions of the beach are surf-beaten, but the sheltered southern corner, at low tide, reveals fine sands thickly populated with razor shells, tellins, surf clams and sand mason worms.’
- ‘A movement by a razor shell catches my attention.’
- ‘Instead of crickets the sound appears too much closer to that of razor shells being rubbed together.’
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