Scalaria

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scalaria (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of marine gastropods of the genus Scalaria, or family Scalaridæ, having elongated spiral turreted shells, with rounded whorls, usually crossed by ribs or varices. The color is generally white or pale. Called also ladder shell, and wentletrap. See Ptenoglossa, and Wentletrap.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scalaria A genus of holostomous ptenoglossate pectinibranchiate gastropods, typical of the family Scalariidæ; the ladder-shells or wentletraps. They are marine shells, mostly of warm temperate and tropical seas, turreted and costate, or with many raised cross-ribs at intervals along the whorls. The most celebrated species is S. pretiosa, formerly considered rare and bringing a large price. Also Scala, Scalia, Scalarius, Scalarus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Scalaria the ladder-shells or wentle-traps
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., flight of steps
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., a ladder.

Usage

In literature:

This shell is most like Scalaria principalis, nob.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
In Broken Bay species of Bankivia and Scalaria were collected, cast dead on the shore.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
Genres Scalaria, Turritella, Bulla.
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
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