plural noun

: a family of carnivorous marine gastropod mollusks (suborder Taenioglossa) that have strong globose umbilicate shells, a long retractile proboscis, and a firm dark-colored operculum and that deposit their eggs in firm sandy ribbons see moon shell, natica , sand collar

Word History


New Latin, from Natica, type genus + -idae

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“Naticidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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