wentletrap

noun
wen·​tle·​trap | \ ˈwen-tᵊl-ˌtrap How to pronounce wentletrap (audio) \

Definition of wentletrap

: any of a family (Epitoniidae) of marine snails with usually white shells also : one of the shells

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First Known Use of wentletrap

1758, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wentletrap

Dutch wenteltrap winding stair, from Middle Dutch wendeltrappe, from wendel turning + trappe stairs

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“Wentletrap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wentletrap. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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