Definition of tellina
1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Tellinidae) of marine bivalve mollusks having the siphons long and separate, the foot and labial palpi very large, and the shell thin, delicate, and often showily colored
2 plural -s : any mollusk of the genus Tellina : sunset shell
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of tellina
New Latin, from Greek tellinē, a shellfish
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up tellina? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).