Definition of wentletrap in English:

wentletrap

Line breaks: wentle|trap
Pronunciation: /ˈwɛnt(ə)ltrap
 
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noun

  • A marine mollusc which has a tall spiral shell with many whorls that are ringed with oblique ridges. Also called staircase shell.
    • Family Epitoniidae, class Gastropoda: numerous species, including the European common wentletrap (Clathrus clathrus)
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    • Discover the survival techniques of whelks, worms, wentletraps, and other marine creatures.
    • About 24 kinds of wentletraps have been recorded in North Carolina waters.
    • While the flats near the jetty have a reputation for producing many of the smaller species including wentletraps, nothing noteworthy was found due at least in part to the height of the tide.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Dutch wenteltrap, literally 'winding stair'.

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