One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A burrowing mollusk with a slender tusk-shaped shell, which is open at both ends and typically white, and a three-lobed foot.
Class Scaphopoda, in particular the genus DentaliumAlso called tusk shell
- ‘They are also known as tooth shells and resemble an elephant's tusks.’
- ‘Even I, who entered not knowing an egg cockle from a dosinia, came out savvy of tooth shells and lightning whelks.’
- ‘Wampum, used in North America, was usually fashioned from thick-shelled clams; dentalia, or tooth shells, were popular with the coastal Native Americans of W North America.’
- ‘Scaphopods are burrowing animals that are also called tusk or tooth shells.’
- ‘The tusk or tooth shells, as they are more commonly known, have the simplest shell structure and anatomy of all the molluscs.’
- ‘Amphineura, containing the chitons, and Scaphopoda, represented by the elephant tooth shell, are two classes of less popular interest.’
tooth shell/ˈto͞oTH ˌSHel/
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