slit-shell slit"-shell` (sl[i^]t"sh[e^]l`), n. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of {Pleurotomaria}, a genus of beautiful, pearly, spiral gastropod shells having a deep slit in the outer lip. Many fossil species are known, and a few living ones are found in deep water in tropical seas. [1913 Webster]

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