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dentalium

Definition:

any of various seashore mollusks having a tapering tubular shell open at each end and a foot pointed like a spade for burrowing

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plurals:

dentalia | dentaliums

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

New Latin Dentālium, genus name, from dentālis, toothy; see "dental".
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Dentalium shell | dentalium | dentalia

as commonly used by Native American artists and anthropologists, refers to tooth shells or tusk shells used in indigenous jewelry, adornment, and commerce in western Canada and the United States. These tusk shells are a kind of seashell, specifically... (39 of 1010 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

dentalium | dentaliums [plural] | dentalia [plural] | tusk shell [synonym]

any scaphopod mollusc of the genus "Dentalium" (7 of 260 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dentalium

Oxford Dictionary:

dentalium

tusk shells used as ornaments or (formerly) as currency, especially by some American Indian peoples (15 of 47 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dentalium

Merriam-Webster:

dentalium | -lia [plural] | tooth shell [synonym] | Dentalium [genus]

any of a genus of widely distributed tooth shells; broadly; "tooth shell" (12 of 35 words, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

dentalium | dentalia [plural] | dentaliums [plural]

Any of various tooth shells of the genus "Dentalium". (9 of 29 words, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

dentalium | dentalia [plural] | Dentalium [genus]

any of a genus of marine mollusks (7 of 22 words, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

dentalium | dentaliums [plural] | dentalia [plural]

any tooth shell of the genus "Dentalium". (7 of 15 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/dentalium

Wiktionary:

dentalium | dentalia [plural] | dentaliums [plural]

Any of various tooth shells of the genus Dentalium (9 of 10 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

tusk shell [mollusk] | tooth shell | elephant's tusk [synonym]

elephant's tooth any of several marine mollusks of the class Scaphopoda. There are four genera of tusk shells and more than 350 species. Most tusk ... (25 of 181 words, 2 images)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

Mollusca | tooth shell | mollusk | scaphopod

taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species ... (23 of 139 words, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

tooth shell | tooth shells [plural] | tusk shell [marine biology] | tusk shells [marine biology, plural]

a marine invertebrate animal with a tapering shell. Class Scaphopoda. | the tapering shell of a marine invertebrate animal (18 of 35 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861720874​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

dentalium | dentalia [plural] | dentaliums [plural]

Origin: New Latin Dentālium, genus name, from dentālis, toothy; see "dental".

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Collins Dictionary:

dentalium | dentaliums [plural] | dentalia [plural]

First use: 19th century

Origin: New Latin, from Medieval Latin dentālisdental

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Oxford Dictionary:

dentalium

Origin: modern Latin, from late Latin dentalis (see "dental")

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Merriam-Webster:

dentalium | -lia [plural]

First use: 1847

Origin: New Latin, genus name, from Latin dentalis

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dentalium

New World Dictionary:

dentalium | dentalia [plural]

Origin: Modern Latin from Latin dentalis, "dental" + "-ium"

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

dentalium | dentaliums [plural] | dentalia [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dentalium"

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the Free Dictionary:

dentalium

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "dentalium"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "dentalium"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "dentalium" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

dentalium | dentaliua [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "dentalium"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

dentalium

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dentalium"

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YourDictionary Audio:

dentalium

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dentalium" by speech synthesizer

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