basket shell

noun

Definition of basket shell

  1. 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. 2 less commonly basket whelk :  any of several marine snails (family Nassariidae) living on muddy bottoms and feeding on other mollusks

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