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Venus shell

a marine bivalve mollusc of the family Veneridae, typified by the intertidal Venus gallina, with somewhat rounded ribbed valves
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  • This is, however, a transferred meaning, porcellana being the name of a particularly glossy shell called the "venus shell."

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