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[tel-in] /ˈtɛl ɪn/
any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus Tellina, having a thin, rounded shell of white, yellow, pink, or purple.
Origin of tellin
1895-1900; < New Latin Tellina name of the genus < Greek tellī́nē a shellfish Unabridged
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  • En I ain' tellin' you no lie, suh, I stood dar en cried wid um.

  • An' I've got Mr. Sid's rifle, an' Mr. Jack is tellin' of me how!

  • And this is all the thanks I git for tellin' Hopewell Drugg that he'd brought his pigs to the wrong market.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • As for tellin' anybody her brother's engaged, you needn't worry about that.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Why thin, piper o' Moses, don't I know I'm welcome, an' yit you must be tellin' me what everybody knows!

  • Zach, make you acquainted with Mr. Bangs, the one I was tellin' you about.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Smoke that, while ye're tellin' me 'bout Andy," he suggested.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • I didn't have any notion of tellin' Sam I stole that four hundred when I first gave it to him.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I'm tellin' you my experiences, an' I've had ez heavy a load an' ez high a check's any horse here.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • Hosy, if you are so set on tellin' her why didn't you tell her this afternoon?

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for tellin


any of various slim marine bivalve molluscs of the genus Tellina (or Macoma) that live in intertidal sand, esp the smooth oval delicately tinted T. tenuis
Word Origin
from New Latin tellina, from Greek tellinē a shellfish
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