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

Word History


New Latin, from Latin achates agate + New Latin -ina

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of achatina was in 1806

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“Achatina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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