file shell


Definition of file shell

: any of a family (Limidae) of small equivalve bivalve mollusks with the yellowish or white valves closely ribbed and covered with spiny scales suggesting a rasp or file

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“File shell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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