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

Definition of achatina

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

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First Known Use of achatina

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for achatina

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

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“Achatina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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