Definition of pelican's-foot shell in English:

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pelican's-foot shell


A burrowing European mollusk that has a heavily sculptured spiral shell with a flared lip that extends into several points.
  • Aporrhais pespelecani, family Aporrhaidae, class Gastropoda.
Example sentences
  • Only seven known species of the Pelican's Foot shell have been found, some of which are from the deep sea and rare.
  • He has made various recent acquisitions of curios like a marble sculpture in the shape of a pelican's foot shell, from around 400 B.C., paper thin so that light shines through it, and a pair of larger-than-life eyes with bronze eyelids, monumentally surreal.

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Syllabification: pel·i·can's-foot shell

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