• WordNet 3.6
    • n Strombus type genus of the family Strombidae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Strombus (Zoöl) A genus of marine gastropods in which the shell has the outer lip dilated into a broad wing. It includes many large and handsome species commonly called conch shells, or conchs. See Conch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n strombus The typical genus of Strombidæ, formerly conterminous with the family, now restricted to such species as the West Indian giant stromb, S. gigas; the wing-shells, fountain-shells, or strombs. They are active, predatory, and carnivorous marine shells, much used for ornamental purposes. Also called Gallus. See cut at stromb.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Strombus strom′bus a genus of marine gasteropods, typical of the family Strombidæ, their shells, often called conch-shells, frequently used as decorative objects and in the manufacture of cameos.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. strombos, a pine-cone.


In literature:

This shell is one of the five species which have been confounded with Strombus auris dianae; it is most like S. zelandiae, n. Chemn.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
The well-known Strombus luhuanus lives on sand among the reefs at Eagle Island.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
Genres Strombus, Rostellaria, Murex.
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Strombus exustus, 134 lentiginosus, ib.
"Zoological Illustrations, Volume III" by William Swainson