turritella

noun tur·ri·tel·la \ˌtərəˈtelə\

Definition of turritella

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus (the type of the family Turritellidae) of marine gastropod mollusks having an elongated turreted shell composed of many whorls with a rounded aperture and a horny multispiral operculum

  2. 2 less commonly turritellid \-lə̇d\ plural -s :  any mollusk or shell of the genus Turritella or family Turritellidae — see screw shell

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Origin and Etymology of turritella

New Latin, irregular from Latin turris + New Latin -ella


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