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cone shell

Syllabification: cone shell

Definition of cone shell in English:

noun

Shell a predatory mollusk of warm seas, with a conical shell that typically displays intricate patterns. It captures prey by injecting venom, which can be lethal to humans, and the shells are popular with collectors.
  • Genus Conus, family Conidae, class Gastropoda: numerous species
Example sentences
  • But consider the unassuming cone shell - just the kind of malicious mollusk that will ‘actually sometimes go for you.’
  • Out on the reef I'd have been unhappy about picking up a stromb because of its close resemblance to the lethal cone shell.
  • Like that guy I mentioned before was reputed to have been scraping the back of the shell with a knife, and the cone shell got aggravated about that and fired the harpoon into his palm.

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