Pilgrim's shell

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pilgrim's shell a cockle-shell used as a sign that one had visited the Holy Land
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pelegrin (Fr. pèlerin)—L. peregrinus, foreigner, stranger—pereger, a traveller—per, through, ager, land.

Usage

In literature:

An old pilgrim's hoard, dead treasure, hollow shells.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
He has the gold scallop-shell and pilgrim's staff.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
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