nerita

noun
ne·​ri·​ta | \ nə̇ˈrītə \

Definition of nerita

1 capitalized : the type genus of Neritidae comprising marine snails with the shell short and smooth or spirally ridged and with a thick usually toothed outer lip and a toothed operculum
2 plural -s : any mollusk of the genus Nerita — see bleeding tooth

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Other Words from nerita

neritoid \ nə̇ˈrīˌtȯid , ˈnerəˌ-​ \ adjective

History and Etymology for nerita

New Latin, from Latin, sea snail, from Greek nēreitēs, nēritēs, from Nēreus Nereus

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“Nerita.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nerita. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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