Definition of dentalium in English:

dentalium

Line breaks: den|ta¦lium
Pronunciation: /dɛnˈteɪlɪəm
 
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noun

  • 0.1 [mass noun] Tusk shells used as ornaments or (formerly) as currency, especially by some American Indian peoples: a white mare purchased with dentalium
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

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

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