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windowpane shell

noun
1.

capiz

[kuh-peez, ka-] /kəˈpiz, kæ-/
noun
1.
a small marine bivalve of the genus Placuna, especially P. placenta, common in Philippine coastal waters and some other parts of the Pacific Ocean.
2.
Also called windowpane shell, windowglass shell. the squarish, translucent inner shell of Placuna used in making lamps, windowpane, and decorative objects.
Origin
of unexplained orig.
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British Dictionary definitions for windowpane-shell

capiz

/ˈkæpɪz/
noun
1.
the bivalve shell of a mollusc (Placuna placenta) found esp in the Philippines and having a smooth translucent shiny interior: used in jewellery, ornaments, lampshades, etc Also called jingle shell, window shell
Word Origin
from the native name in the Philippines
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