ancistrosyrinx

noun
an·cis·tro·syrinx | \an¦sistrō +\

Definition of ancistrosyrinx 

1 capitalized : a small genus (family Turritidae) of gastropod mollusks that occur in warm deep seas and have delicate steeply shouldered pale shells ringed with upward-curving spines

2 plural ancistrosyringes : any mollusk or shell of the genus Ancistrosyrinx

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First Known Use of ancistrosyrinx

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ancistrosyrinx

New Latin, from Greek ankistron fishhook + syrinx shepherd's pipe

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