Definition of tooth shell in English:

tooth shell

Syllabification: tooth shell


  • A burrowing mollusk with a slender tusk-shaped shell, which is open at both ends and typically white, and a three-lobed foot. Also called tusk shell.
    • Class Scaphopoda, in particular the genus Dentalium
    More example sentences
    • Even I, who entered not knowing an egg cockle from a dosinia, came out savvy of tooth shells and lightning whelks.
    • They are also known as tooth shells and resemble an elephant's tusks.
    • Amphineura, containing the chitons, and Scaphopoda, represented by the elephant tooth shell, are two classes of less popular interest.

More definitions of tooth shell

Definition of tooth shell in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody