vermetus

Vermetus

Ver*me"tus\, n. [NL., from L. vermis worm.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of many species of marine gastropods belonging to Vermetus and allied genera, of the family Vermetid[ae]. Their shells are regularly spiral when young, but later in life the whorls become separate, and the shell is often irregularly bent and contorted like a worm tube.
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