Wentletrap meaning

wĕnt'l-trăp'
Any of various marine snails of the family Epitoniidae, having a tapering, usually white spiral shell, often with prominent varices.
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Any of a family (Epitoniidae) of marine gastropod mollusks usually enclosed in a white, spiral shell.
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Any of numerous species of elegant, usually white, marine shells of the genus Scalaria, especially Scalaria pretiosa, which was formerly highly valued.
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Origin of wentletrap

  • Dutch wenteltrap spiral staircase, wentletrap from Middle Dutch wendeltrappe wendel winding (from wenden to wind) trappe stairs
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Dutch wenteltrap a winding staircase; compare German Wendeltreppe.
    From Wiktionary