0.1 [mass noun] Tusk shells used as ornaments or (formerly) as currency, especially by some American Indian peoples: 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.
Definition of dentalium in:
- The US English dictionary