Definition of top shell in English:

top shell


  • A marine mollusc which has a low conical shell with a pearly interior, widespread in tropical and temperate seas.

    • ‘Hydroids covered the face, along with many beautiful nudibranchs, painted top shells and scorpionfish.’
    • ‘The wind was still blowing a 5-6, so we had to make do with a Boreray-sheltered sheer rock face - more jewel anemones, top shells, velvet crabs and cushionstars, more colour and macro marine life.’
    • ‘Cowries and painted top shells abounded.’