Staircase shell
Staircase Stair"case` (st[^a]r"k[=a]s`), n. A flight of stairs with their supporting framework, casing, balusters, etc. [1913 Webster]

To make a complete staircase is a curious piece of architecture. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

{Staircase shell}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any scalaria, or wentletrap. (b) Any species of {Solarium}, or perspective shell. [1913 Webster]


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  • staircase shell — noun 1. : wentletrap 2. : sundial shell * * * staircase shell, 1. the shell of any one of a group of gastropods of tropical seas, that suggests in its appearance a spiral staircase. 2. the animal itself; wentletrap …   Useful english dictionary

  • staircase shell — Wentletrap Wen tle*trap , n. [D. wenteltrap a winding staircase; cf. G. wendeltreppe.] [Obs.] Any one of numerous species of elegant, usually white, marine shells of the genus Scalaria, especially {Scalaria pretiosa}, which was formerly highly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Staircase — Stair case (st[^a]r k[=a]s ), n. A flight of stairs with their supporting framework, casing, balusters, etc. [1913 Webster] To make a complete staircase is a curious piece of architecture. Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster] {Staircase shell}. (Zo[ o]l …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wentletrap — /wen tl trap /, n. any of several marine gastropods of the family Epitonii (Scalariidae), having a whitish, spiraled shell. [1750 60; < D wenteltrap, earlier wendeltrap spiral staircase, equiv. to wend(en) to turn + freq. el (Compare wentelen to… …   Universalium

  • Scalaria pretiosa — Wentletrap Wen tle*trap , n. [D. wenteltrap a winding staircase; cf. G. wendeltreppe.] [Obs.] Any one of numerous species of elegant, usually white, marine shells of the genus Scalaria, especially {Scalaria pretiosa}, which was formerly highly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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