Trumpet shell

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trumpet shell (Zoöl) any species of large marine univalve shells belonging to Triton and allied genera. See Triton, 2.
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Usage

In literature:

But now the trumpet-shell was used to call the people to follow the King.
"The Black-Bearded Barbarian (George Leslie Mackay)" by Mary Esther Miller MacGregor, AKA Marion Keith
So soon as the sun was up, a priest blew a shrill note upon a shell, which was answered by a trumpet call from the Spanish quarters.
"Montezuma's Daughter" by H. Rider Haggard
He blew forthwith the trumpet on his shell.
"Theocritus" by Theocritus
The name of a village god, and represented by a trumpet-shell.
"Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before" by George Turner
One of them carried Ganindo's bones, another his betel-nuts, another his lime-box, another his shell-trumpet.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
His trumpet is a large conch, or sea-shell.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
They had flutes, and large sea-shells for trumpets, and turtle-shells which they struck with deers' horns.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I." by John L. Stephens
Many uttered joyful cries or blew on trumpets and conch-shells.
"The Book of Buried Treasure" by Ralph D. Paine
This shell is said to have been the first priestly bell, and it is even now the Hindoo church-bell, in addition to gongs and trumpets.
"The Masculine Cross" by Anonymous
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In news:

Acoustic scientists put their lips to ancient conch shells to figure out how humans used these trumpets 3,000 years ago.
Cohen leads a funk-oriented band with bassist Me-shell Ndegeocello and drummer Adam Deitch, heads a trumpet -bass-drums trio called Triveni, and has teamed up with his siblings in 3 Cohens.
A group of conch-shell instruments made by a pre-Inca civilization sound similar to a kid learning to play the trumpet .
A musician plays the fundamental frequency and the first overtone of a 3,000-year-old shell trumpet unearthed in Peru.
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