from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of elongated bivalve shells, allied to the mussels, and remarkable for their ability to bore holes for shelter, in solid limestone, shells, etc. Called also Lithophagus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of mussels of the family Mytilid√¶, of small size and subcylindric form, which burrow in rocks, and are known as date-shells. L. lithophagus is an example. Also called Lithotomus and Lithophagus. See cut under date-shell.
  • n. [l. e.; pl. lithodomi (-mi).] A member of this genus.


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