One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A predatory marine mollusc which has a shell that forms a long slender spiral with a narrow canal extending downwards from the aperture.
Neptunea antiqua (family Buccinidae) of northern seas, and Fusinus and other genera (family Fasciolariidae) of tropical and temperate seas, class Gastropoda
- ‘In an amazing range of objects, from a quill, spindle shell and salmon to a hand and wing, these objects serve as both an affordable piece of art and a highly useable writing instrument.’
- ‘They have shells of about 1,500 species and harbor a particular interest in the Fusinus genus: spindle shells.’
- ‘This is a Salisbury's Spindle, of the spindle shell family.’
- ‘The shell species in question was the spindle shell Latiris spicer.’
- ‘Commonly known as white spindle shells, the Fusinus Colus are usually found in shallow tropical waters.’
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