Definition of dentalium in English:


Syllabification: den·ta·li·um
Pronunciation: /denˈtālēəm


  • Tooth shells used as ornaments or as a form of currency: a white mare purchased with dentalium
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    • Dentalium shells were used as money by American Indians of long ago and are still used in beadwork today.
    • Dentalium shells are ideal for use with beadwork because they're lightweight and easy to work with, if you're willing to sort and file them.


modern Latin, from late Latin dentalis (see dental).

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