A predatory mollusc of warm seas, with a conical, typically intricately patterned, shell. 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.
- 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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