Scalaria Sca*la"ri*a, n. [L., flight of steps.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of marine gastropods of the genus {Scalaria}, or family {Scalarid[ae]}, having elongated spiral turreted shells, with rounded whorls, usually crossed by ribs or varices. The color is generally white or pale. Called also {ladder shell}, and {wentletrap}. See {Ptenoglossa}, and {Wentletrap}. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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 valued;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wentletrap — [went′ l trap΄] n. [Du wenteltrap, lit., a winding staircase < wentel, a winding, akin to wenden (see WEND) + trap, stair: see TRAP1] any of a family (Epitoniidae) of marine gastropod mollusks usually enclosed in a white, spiral shell …   English World dictionary

  • Wentletrap — Taxobox name = Wentletrap image caption = Two shells of Epitonium humphreysii , Humphrey s wentletrap regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Gastropoda subclassis = Orthogastropoda superordo = Caenogastropoda ordo = Sorbeoconcha subordo =… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • wentletrap — noun Etymology: Dutch wenteltrap winding stair, from Middle Dutch wendeltrappe, from wendel turning + trappe stairs Date: 1758 any of a family (Epitoniidae) of marine snails with usually white shells; also one of the shells …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wentletrap — n. marine gastropod having a white spiraled shell …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wentletrap — [ wɛnt(ə)ltrap] noun a marine mollusc with a tall spiral shell of many whorls. [Clathrus clathrus and other species.] Origin C18: from Du. wenteltrap, lit. winding stair …   English new terms dictionary

  • wentletrap — wen·tle·trap …   English syllables

  • wentletrap — wen•tle•trap [[t]ˈwɛn tlˌtræp[/t]] n. ivt any of various marine gastropods of the family Epitoniidae, typically white with sharply defined axial ridges • Etymology: 1750–60; < D wenteltrap, earlier wendeltrap spiral staircase =wend(en) to turn …   From formal English to slang

  • wentletrap — /ˈwɛntltræp/ (say wentltrap) noun any of the handsome, usually white, spiral shelled marine gastropods constituting the genus Scalaria or the family Scalariidae. {Dutch wenteltrap winding stair, spiral shell} …   Australian English dictionary

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