from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In conchology, a notable genus of fresh-water nerites, or limpet-like shells of the family Neritidæ.
- n. In jewelry-work, a minute hollow vessel of the general form of a bowl, a dish, or the like, used as a pendant or drop, as to an ear-ring.
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In 1298 the great Giotto was called to Rome to design the "navicella" for the
It's Dante: Per correr miglior acque alza le vele / omai la navicella del mio ingegno, / che lascia dietro a sé mar sí crudele Purgatorio, i.1-3.
'navicella,' by such methods as perhaps the antique were made, so that these jewels resemble not a little those found in the Greek and Etruscan sepulchres, although for elegance of form and for taste they are far from equalling them ....