Share this entry

Share this page

cone shell

Line breaks: cone shell

Definition of cone shell in English:

noun

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
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.

Definition of cone shell in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure