den·​ta·​li·​um den-ˈtā-lē-əm How to pronounce dentalium (audio)
plural dentalia den-ˈtā-lē-ə How to pronounce dentalium (audio)
: any of a genus (Dentalium) of widely distributed tooth shells
broadly : tooth shell

Examples of dentalium in a Sentence

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Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Latin dentalis

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dentalium was in 1847

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

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