olive shell

noun

Definition of olive shell

: any of numerous chiefly tropical marine gastropod mollusks of the genus Oliva or the family Olividae having an elongate smooth highly polished shell with a very short spire, a narrow mouth notched in front, a plicate columella, a large foot, and a mantle that envelops the shell — compare olivella

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“Olive shell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20shell. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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