Definition of tellin in English:



  • A marine bivalve mollusc which lives buried in the sand siphoning detritus from the surface around its burrow.

    Family Tellinidae: Tellina and other genera

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also try tippets of razorfish, cockle, mussel and especially small tellin clams found after storms washed up on the beaches.’
    • ‘Other prey, such as bristle worms, razor shells and tellins are also taken when available.’


Early 18th century: from Greek tellinē, denoting a kind of shellfish.