strom·​bus | \ ˈsträmbəs \

Definition of strombus

1 capitalized : a genus of marine gastropod mollusks (family Strombidae) having a heavy obconical shell with a short conical spire and usually a much expanded outer lip, a horny operculum, a narrow foot, long snout, and long eye peduncles — see king conch
2 plural -es : any mollusk of the genus Strombus

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History and Etymology for strombus

New Latin, from Latin, a kind of spiral snail, from Greek strombos a snail

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“Strombus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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