from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The typical genus of mollusks of the family Buccinidæ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- proper noun (Zoöl.) A genus of large univalve mollusks abundant in the arctic seas. It includes the common whelk (
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In preparing the dye the buccinum was used last, the dye of the murex being necessary to render the colors fast, while the buccinum enlivened by its tint of red the dark hue of the murex.
It was produced by a combination of the secretions of the murex and buccinum.
As soon as the vessel was secured Mr. Bedwell landed on the eastern shore of the bay, and found it to be of bold approach, but lined with coral rocks, and covered with dead shells, among which a buccinum of immense size was noticed.
Buccinum vibex, buccinum trivittatum and obsoletum are associated with the preceding species.
What we chiefly learn from this writer as to the dyeing process is  -- first, that sometimes the liquid derived from the _murex_ only, sometimes that of the _purpura_ or _buccinum_ only, was applied to the material which it was wished to colour, while the most approved hue was produced by an application of both dyes separately.
‘Buccina,’ or, as we call it, ‘the conch shell,’ was a kind of horn, or trumpet, made out of a shell, called ‘buccinum.’
Pliny, who has written on the subject, divides them into two classes, the _buccinum and purpura_, of which the latter was most in request.
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One half the hermit crab is as naked as the "human animal," and even less fitted for exposure; for it consists of a thin-skinned, soft, unmuscular bag, filled with delicate viscera; but not even the human animal is more skilful in clothing himself in the spoils of other animals than the hermit crab in wrapping up its naked bag in the strong shell of some dead fusus or buccinum, which it carries about with it in all its peregrinations, as at once clothes, armor, and house.
"Several times, since it had grown dark, I had heard sounds like the distant beating of drums, mingled occasionally with the long and sorrowful note of the buccinum-shell, or native trumpet.