Natica

noun
Nat·​i·​ca | \ ˈnatə̇kə \

Definition of Natica

: 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

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History and Etymology for Natica

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

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“Natica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Natica. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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