noun ne·ri·ta \nə̇ˈrītə\

Definition of nerita

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  any mollusk of the genus Nerita — see bleeding tooth


\nə̇ˈrīˌtȯid, ˈnerəˌ-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of nerita

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

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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