Definition of tellin in English:


Line breaks: tel¦lin
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛlɪn


  • A marine bivalve mollusc which lives buried in the sand siphoning detritus from the surface around its burrow.
    • Family Tellinidae: Tellina and other genera
    More example sentences
    • The middle regions of the beach are surf-beaten, but the sheltered southern corner, at low tide, reveals fine sands thickly populated with razor shells, tellins, surf clams and sand mason worms.
    • Other prey, such as bristle worms, razor shells and tellins are also taken when available.
    • Also try tippets of razorfish, cockle, mussel and especially small tellin clams found after storms washed up on the beaches.


early 18th century: from Greek tellinē, denoting a kind of shellfish.

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