plural noun
Na·​tic·​i·​dae | \ nəˈtisəˌdē \

Definition of Naticidae

: 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

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History and Etymology for Naticidae

New Latin, from Natica, type genus + -idae

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“Naticidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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