from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of Murex (Murex tenuispinus). It has a long, tubular canal, with a row of long, slender spines along both of its borders, and rows of similar spines covering the body of the shell. Called also Venus's shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. l. The plant Scandix Pecten. Also called lady's-comb, shepherd's-needle, and needle chervil.
  • n. The thorny woodcock, Murex tribulus or M. tenuispina, a beautiful and delicate shell with long slender spines, found in the Indian Ocean. See cut under murex.


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