basket shell

noun

Definition of basket shell

1 : a bivalve mollusk of a family (Corbulidae) having unequal valves, the right usually larger, and a single large hinge tooth on each valve

called also basket clam

2 or less commonly basket whelk : any of several marine snails (family Nassariidae) living on muddy bottoms and feeding on other mollusks

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“Basket shell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basket%20shell. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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