Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various marine snails of the family Epitoniidae, having a tapering, usually white spiral shell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of numerous species of elegant, usually white, marine shells of the genus Scalaria, especially Scalaria pretiosa, which was formerly highly valued.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of elegant, usually white, marine shells of the genus Scalaria, especially Scalaria pretiosa, which was formerly highly valued; -- called also staircase shell. See scalaria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shell of the genus Scalaria or family Scalariidæ a ladder-shell. See Scalariidæ, and cut under Scalaria.

Etymologies

Dutch wenteltrap, spiral staircase, wentletrap, from Middle Dutch wendeltrappe : wendel, winding (from wenden, to wind) + trappe, stairs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dutch wenteltrap a winding staircase; compare German Wendeltreppe. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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