: a large genus (the type of the family Naticidae) of active marine snails having a thick nearly smooth shell and a large foot with a fold reflected over the head and characterized by burrowing beneath sand or mud along the seashore and drilling other shells

Word History


New Latin, perhaps from Late Latin, buttock, from Latin natis

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“Natica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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