turban shell


Definition of turban shell

1 : any of numerous marine snails (family Turbinidae) with a thick spiral nacreous operculate shell — see cat's-eye, green snail, starshell
2 : the shell of a turban shell

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History and Etymology for turban shell

modification (influenced by turban entry 1) of New Latin turbin-, turbo

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“Turban shell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turban%20shell. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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