from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the genus Terebratula of brachiopods.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of brachiopods which includes many living and some fossil species. The larger valve has a perforated beak, through which projects a short peduncle for attachment. Called also lamp shell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An extensive genus of arthropomatous brachiopods, formerly including all those loosely known as lamp-shells, now restricted as type of the family Terebratulidæ.
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Fossils of belemnite, cockles (cardium), and lamp-shells (terebratula) have been found in the chalk, and numerous echini, with the pentagon star on their base, are picked up in the gravels and called by the country people Shepherds 'Crowns -- or even fossil toads.
The mollusca of the Silurians ranged from the high cephalopoda, represented in our existing seas by the nautili and the cuttle-fishes, to the low brachipods, some of whose congeners may still be detected in the terebratula of our Highland lochs and bays, and some in the lingulæ of the southern hemisphere.