Ioqua shell
Ioqua shell I"o*qua shell` [From the native name.] (Zo["o]l.) The shell of a large Dentalium ({Dentalium pretiosum}), formerly used as shell money, and for ornaments, by the Indians of the west coast of North America. [1913 Webster]

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  • Dentalium pretiosum — Ioqua shell I o*qua shell [From the native name.] (Zo[ o]l.) The shell of a large Dentalium ({Dentalium pretiosum}), formerly used as shell money, and for ornaments, by the Indians of the west coast of North America. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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