paw shell
Tridacna Tri*dac"na, n. [L., pl., a kind of oysters, fr. Gr. ? eaten at three bites, ? tri- + ? to bite.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of very large marine bivalve shells found on the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. One species ({Tridacna gigas}) often weighs four or five hundred pounds, and is sometimes used for baptismal fonts. Called also {paw shell}, and {fountain shell}. [1913 Webster]

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