ol·​i·​vel·​la | \ ˌäləˈvelə \

Definition of olivella

1 capitalized : a genus of small marine snails (family Olividae) having an operculum and a smooth shining shell formerly used by some Indians of the Pacific coast of North America as money and for ornament — compare olive shell
2 plural -s : any shell or animal of the genus Olivella

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History and Etymology for olivella

New Latin, diminutive of Latin oliva olive

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“Olivella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olivella. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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