Lentil shell
Lentil Len"til (l[e^]n"t[i^]l), n. [F. lentille, fr. L. lenticula, dim. of lens, lentis, lentil. Cf. {Lens}.] (Bot.) A leguminous plant of the genus {Ervum} ({Ervum Lens}), of small size, common in the fields in Europe. Also, its seed, which is used for food on the continent. [1913 Webster]

Note: The lentil of the Scriptures probably included several other vetchlike plants. [1913 Webster]

{Lentil shell} (Zo["o]l.), a small bivalve shell of the genus {Ervillia}, family {Tellinid[ae]}. [1913 Webster]


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