Nassa Nas"sa, n.; pl. E. {Nassas}, L. {Nass[AE]}. [From L. nassa a kind of basket, in allusion to the reticulation of some species.] (Zo["o]l.) Any species of marine gastropods, of the genera {Nassa}, {Tritia}, and other allied genera of the family {Nassid[ae]}; a dog whelk. See Illust. under {Gastropoda}. [1913 Webster] -- {nas"soid}, a. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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