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Any of numerous burrowing, marine bivalve molluscs constituting the family Tellinidae, having flattened shells and very long siphons.
Of or relating to the mollusc family Tellinidae; designating a mollusc of this family.
Late 19th century. From scientific Latin Tellina, genus name + -id, after scientific Latin Tellinidae, family name.
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