turban shell


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

Word History


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 17 Jul. 2024.

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