dentalium

noun
den·​ta·​li·​um | \ den-ˈtā-lē-əm How to pronounce dentalium (audio) \
plural dentalia\ den-​ˈtā-​lē-​ə How to pronounce dentalia (audio) \

Definition of dentalium

: any of a genus (Dentalium) of widely distributed tooth shells broadly : tooth shell

First Known Use of dentalium

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dentalium

New Latin, genus name, from Latin dentalis

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“Dentalium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dentalium. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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