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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of polished marine gastropod shells, chiefly tropical, and often beautifully colored.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Olive-tree gum.
  • n. In conchology: [capitalized] The typical genus of Olividæ, founded by Bruguière in 1789; the olives or olive-shells.
  • n. Pl. olivas (-väz). Any species of Oliva; an olive-shell. See cut at olive-shell.
  • n. Pl. olivæ (-vē). In anatomy, the olivary body of the brain.

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