moon snail


: any of a cosmopolitan family (Naticidae) of carnivorous marine snails having smooth globular shells

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Examples of moon snail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other unusual ingredients in later challenges included pork brains in gravy, musk sticks, moon snails and his least favorite — beef bile. The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2024 During our dinner, snacks were highly conceptual, from a clam broth and tomato water blend, served inside of a surf clam shell that had been transformed into a drinking vessel with beeswax, to a moon snail served with a spoon crafted from a snail shell. David Graver, Vogue, 16 Oct. 2023 Fighting conch shells, calico scallops, starfish, horse conch shells, moon snail shells, and lightning whelk shells are just a few types that are often found in this popular west coast destination. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 20 June 2023 Coquina shells, moon snails, sand dollars, wentletraps, and even shark teeth are among the artifacts that are commonly found there. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 20 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moon snail was in 1892

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“Moon snail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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