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lamp shell

noun
1.
a mollusklike marine animal; brachiopod.
Also, lampshell.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; so called because its shape was thought to resemble that of an ancient Roman oil lamp
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lamp shell

noun
1.
another name for a brachiopod
Word Origin
C19: from its likeness in shape to an ancient Roman oil lamp
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