Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gastropods having a pyriform shell, whence the name; the fig-shells or pear-shells. (See cut under fig-shell.) Very different limits have been assigned to it. Originally it was named in connection with P. ficus only.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of large marine gastropods having a pear-shaped shell. It includes the fig-shells. See
“The occurrence of marine shells in a burial depository, especially of the varieties pyrula and oliva, four or five hundred miles from the”
“She was a genuine, native-born huckster again from head to foot; dignified but wary, and watchful for the least incident which might possibly be coined into profitable traffic -- the whole visible woman breathing an atmosphere of the present moment, with her entire being moulded to the orthodox market pattern as completely as a mollusk is fashioned to his familiar shell; or as a hermit crab, whether he has thrust his body into a snail shell or into a pyrula, patterns himself upon the model of the new house which he has adopted.”
“Only one species is peculiar to Kashmir, a very normal bullfinch (pyrula). ”
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