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helmet shell

noun
1.
a predatory marine gastropod of the family Cassidae, characterized by a thick, heavy shell with a broadened outer lip.
2.
the shell of this animal, often used for making cameos.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55
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  • One completely furnished helmet shell of each size being procured.
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Encyclopedia Article for helmet shell

any marine snail of the family Cassidae (subclass Prosobranchia, class Gastropoda), characterized by a large, thick shell with a shieldlike inner lip. An example is the 18-centimetre (7-inch) king helmet (Cassis tuberosa) of the Caribbean.

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