plural noun

: a group of marine carnivorous gastropods (suborder Stenoglossa) including the families Conidae and Terebridae and having the teeth of the radula reduced in number, large, and often perforated to serve as poison fangs with which a large poison gland in the esophagus communicates by slender ducts
adjective or noun

Word History


New Latin, from tox- entry 2 + -glossa; from the usually strongly barbed and arrowlike radula

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“Toxoglossa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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