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dentalium

Syllabification: den·ta·li·um
Pronunciation: /denˈtālēəm
 
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Definition of dentalium in English:

noun

Tooth shells used as ornaments or as a form of currency: 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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