Turban-shell Tur"ban-shell`, n. (Zo["o]l.) A sea urchin when deprived of its spines; -- popularly so called from a fancied resemblance to a turban. [1913 Webster]

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  • turban shell — ▪ gastropod family  any marine snail of the family Turbinidae (subclass Prosobranchia of the class Gastropoda) that has a wide aperture in the first whorl of the stout shell, which is topped by a bulbous, turbanlike coil. The shell may be beaded …   Universalium

  • turban shell — noun Etymology: modification (influenced by turban) (I) of New Latin turbin , turbo 1. : any of numerous marine snails (family Turbinidae) with a thick spiral nacreous operculate shell see cat s eye, green snail, starshell 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Turban — Tur ban, n. [OE. turband, turbant, tolibant, F. turban, It. turbante, Turk. tulbend, dulbend, fr. Per. dulband. Cf. {Tulip}.] 1. A headdress worn by men in the Levant and by most Mohammedans of the male sex, consisting of a cap, and a sash, scarf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shell collecting — ▪ hobby       practice of finding and usually identifying the shells of mollusks, a popular avocation, or hobby, in many parts of the world. These shells, because of their bright colours, rich variety of shapes and designs, and abundance along… …   Universalium

  • Gastropod shell — [ 1 umbilicus2 parietal callus3 aperture4 columella5 suture6 whorl7 apex] The gastropod shell is a shell which is part of the body of a gastropod or snail. It is an external skeleton or exoskeleton, which serves not only for muscle attachment,… …   Wikipedia

  • top shell — noun 1. : any of various marine snails constituting the family Trochidae and having a spiral and usually regularly conical shell marked by a flat base and rhombic aperture and a multispiral operculum and sometimes used to make pearl buttons 2. :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wreath shell — noun : turban shell …   Useful english dictionary

  • Miter shell — Miter Mi ter, Mitre Mi tre, n. [F. mitre, fr. L. mitra headband, turban, Gr. ?.] 1. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by bishops and other church dignitaries. It has been made in many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gastropod — /gas treuh pod /, n. 1. any mollusk of the class Gastropoda, comprising the snails, whelks, slugs, etc. adj. 2. Also, gastropodous /ga strop euh deuhs/. belonging or pertaining to the gastropods. [1820 30; < NL Gast(e)ropoda a class of mollusks.… …   Universalium

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