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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mussel-shell of the stone-boring genus Lithodomus (or Lithophagus), of the family Mytilid√¶, as the Mediterranean L. dactylus, abounding in the subaqueous columns of the temple of Serapis at Pozzuoli, near Naples: so called from its shape or appearance. See Lithodomus.

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  • The one called the date-shell can, assisted by its liquid acid, pierce the hardest stone with its cylindrical gimlet.

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