Definition of wentletrap in English:

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wentletrap

Pronunciation: /ˈwɛnt(ə)ltrap/

noun

A marine mollusc which has a tall spiral shell with many whorls that are ringed with oblique ridges. Also called staircase shell.
  • Family Epitoniidae, class Gastropoda: numerous species, including the European common wentletrap (Clathrus clathrus).
Example sentences
  • Discover the survival techniques of whelks, worms, wentletraps, and other marine creatures.
  • About 24 kinds of wentletraps have been recorded in North Carolina waters.
  • While the flats near the jetty have a reputation for producing many of the smaller species including wentletraps, nothing noteworthy was found due at least in part to the height of the tide.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Dutch wenteltrap, literally 'winding stair'.

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