achatina

noun ach·a·ti·na \ˌa-kə-ˈtī-nə, -ˈtē-nə\

Definition of achatina

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus (the type of the family Achatinidae) comprising very large air-breathing land snails native to Africa but introduced for food in parts of southeast Asia and the Pacific islands where they have become serious pests of agricultural crops

  2. 2 plural -s :  a snail of the genus Achatina — compare agate snail

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Origin and Etymology of achatina

New Latin, from Latin achates agate + New Latin -ina — more at agate


First Known Use: 1806


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