Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the family Janthinidae of violet snails.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any gastropod of the genus Ianthina, of which various species are found living in mid ocean; -- called also purple shell, and violet snail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The representative genus of the family Ianthinid√¶; the oceanic violet-snails.
  • n. [lowercase] A violet-snail.

Etymologies

Latin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Crystal cones form the shells of pteropods or winged snails hat drift downward from the surface to these dim regions by day; and the translucent spires of lovely ianthina are tinged with Tyrian purple.

    Undersea (historical)

  • This colour was also procured from a species of shell-fish, the chelzon of the Hebrews, and the Helix ianthina of modern naturalists.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • _Murex trunculus_; the _Murex brandaris_; and the _Helix ianthina_.

    History of Phoenicia

  • The _Helix ianthina_ has a wholly different character.

    History of Phoenicia

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