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Rhachiglossa \Rhach`i*glos"sa\, n. pl. [NL. See Rhachis, and Glossa.] (Zo["o]l.) A division of marine gastropods having a retractile proboscis and three longitudinal rows of teeth on the radula. It includes many of the large ornamental shells, as the miters, murices, olives, purpuras, volutes, and whelks. See Illust. in the Appendix.


n. (plural of whelk English)

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Mixed with his welts were hard whelks of an uglier sort, much as those he carried on his backside, and his eyes glittered supernally bright.