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sand dollar Tweet Definition of sand dollar Like Definition of sand dollar on Facebook
  1. An echinoderm, of the order Clypeastroida, that has a flat, disk-shaped body with the mouth in a mid-ventral position, and lives in sand, on or near the surface
scallop Tweet Definition of scallop Like Definition of scallop on Facebook
  1. Any of various marine bivalve molluscs of the family Pectinidae which are free-swimming.
  2. a curved projection, making part of a decoration
  3. a fillet of meat
  4. a form of fried potato
  1. (transitive) to make or cook scallops
  2. (intransitive) to harvest scallops
sea anemone Tweet Definition of sea anemone Like Definition of sea anemone on Facebook
  1. Any of many polyps, of the order Actiniaria, which occurs in marine and estuarine habitats, and which captures its food using tentacles
sea cucumber Tweet Definition of sea cucumber Like Definition of sea cucumber on Facebook
  1. an echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, with an elongated body and leathery skin.
seashell Tweet Definition of seashell Like Definition of seashell on Facebook
  1. the empty shell of a mollusk
  2. (color) a very light pink colour, like that of some seashell.
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  1. (color) of a very light pink colour, like that of some seashell.
sea squirt Tweet Definition of sea squirt Like Definition of sea squirt on Facebook
  1. Any sessile tunicate, of the class Ascidiacea, which squirts water from two openings when touched; they are filter feeders
sea urchin Tweet Definition of sea urchin Like Definition of sea urchin on Facebook
  1. Any of many marine echinoderms, of the class Echinoidea, commonly found in shallow water, having a complex chewing structure named Aristotle's lantern
sea wasp Tweet Definition of sea wasp Like Definition of sea wasp on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, box jellyfish)
  1. A deadly marine stinger found in north east Australia and South East Asia.
shell Tweet Definition of shell Like Definition of shell on Facebook
  1. A hard outside covering, as of a fruit or an animal:
    • The covering, or outside part, of a nut; as, a hazelnut shell.
    • A pod.
    • The hard covering of an egg.
    • The hard calcareous or chitinous external covering of mollusks, crustaceans, and some other invertebrates. In some mollusks, as the cuttlefishes, it is internal, or concealed by the mantle. Also, the hard covering of some vertebrates, as the armadillo, the tortoise, and the like.
    • The husks of cacao seeds, a decoction of which is often used as a substitute for chocolate, cocoa, etc.
      1. Hence, by extension, any mollusks having such a covering.
      2. (plural: ) An artillery projectile or charge case:
    • A hollow projectile, of various shapes, adapted for a mortar or a cannon, and containing an explosive substance, ignited with a fuze or by percussion, by means of which the projectile is burst and its fragments scattered. See Bomb.
    • The case which holds the powder, or charge of powder and shot, used with breechloading small arms.
      1. Any slight hollow structure; a framework, or exterior structure, regarded as not complete or filled in; as, the shell of a house.
      2. (garment) A top, usually worn by women, with short or no sleeves that fastens, if it does, in the rear.
      3. A coarse kind of coffin; also, a thin interior coffin inclosed in a more substantial one.
      4. (music) An instrument of music, as a lyre, -- the first lyre having been made, it is said, by drawing strings over a tortoise shell.
      5. An engraved copper roller used in print works.
      6. The outer frame or case of a block within which the sheaves revolve.
      7. (nautical) A light boat the frame of which is covered with thin wood or with paper; as, a racing shell.
      8. A drum shell; the usually wooden, cylindrical acoustic chamber, with or without rims added for tuning and attaching drum heads.
      9. (computing) A general-purpose environment, usually CLI, command-line-oriented, within which other commands are invoked and their interactions controlled.
      10. (context, chemistry) A set of atomic orbitals that have the same principal quantum number.
  1. To remove the outer covering or shell of something. See sheller.
  2. To bombard, to fire projectiles at.
  3. (informal) To disburse or give up money, to pay. (Often used with out).
shellfish Tweet Definition of shellfish Like Definition of shellfish on Facebook
noun (plural: or shellfishes)
  1. (food) An aquatic invertebrate, such as a mollusc or crustacean, that has a shell.
shipworm Tweet Definition of shipworm Like Definition of shipworm on Facebook
  1. Any of several wormlike marine mollusks, of the family Teredinidae, that bore through the wooden hulls of ships; their role in the marine ecosystem is in the recycling of woody material entering the sea
shore crab Tweet Definition of shore crab Like Definition of shore crab on Facebook
noun (POS=shore crab)
  1. A type of crab (Carcinus maenas) native to the coasts of Europe and North Africa.
sinistral Tweet Definition of sinistral Like Definition of sinistral on Facebook
  1. Of, facing, on on the left side.
  2. left-handed, Left-handed.
  3. (zoology) Having the whorls of the spire revolving or rising to the left; reversed; -- said of certain spiral shells.
slug Tweet Definition of slug Like Definition of slug on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Slug (disambiguation), slug)
  1. Any of many terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks, having no (or only rudimentary) shell
  2. (physics, rarely used) the Imperial (English) unit of mass that accelerates by 1 foot per second squared (1 ft/s²) when a force of one pound-force (lbf) is exerted on it.
  3. A discrete quantity of one fluid that flows though the line surrounded by another.
  4. A bullet.
  5. A counterfeit coin, especially one used to steal from vending machines.
  6. A shot of a drink, usually alcoholic.
  7. A title, name or header
  8. (slang) A lazy person, a sluggard.
  9. (context, television editing) A black screen
  10. (context, typesetting) A piece of typemetal imprinted by a Linotype machine; also a black mark placed in the margin to indicate an error
verb (slug, g, ed)
  1. To drink quickly; to gulp.
  2. To down a shot.
  3. (transitive) To hit very hard.
He insulted my mother, so I slugged him.
The batter slugged the ball out of the park.
snail Tweet Definition of snail Like Definition of snail on Facebook
  1. Any of very many animals, of the class Gastropodia, having a coiled shell.
  2. Any of the several species of terrestrial pulmonate gastropods used as human food.
solifugid Tweet Definition of solifugid Like Definition of solifugid on Facebook
  1. an arachnid belonging to the order Solifugae, including windscorpion, sun spider, and camel spider.
spat Tweet Definition of spat Like Definition of spat on Facebook
  1. a brief argument.
verb (spat, t, ed)
  1. to quarrel or argue briefly
spider Tweet Definition of spider Like Definition of spider on Facebook
  1. Any of various eight-legged, predatory arthropods, of the order Araneae, most of which spin webs to catch prey.
  2. (internet) A program which follows links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.
  3. (context, chiefly, Australian) A "float"; a drink made by mixing ice-cream and a soda or fizzy drink (such as lemonade).
  4. (slang) A spindly person.
  5. (context, snooker, billiards) A stick with an arch-shaped head that is used to support the cue when the cue ball is out of reach at normal extension
  1. (internet, of a computer program) to follows links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.
''The online dictionary is regularly spidered by search engines.
spider crab Tweet Definition of spider crab Like Definition of spider crab on Facebook
noun (POS=spider crab)
  1. Any of various species of crab of the family Majidae with long leg, legs.
sponge Tweet Definition of sponge Like Definition of sponge on Facebook
  1. (countable) Any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum Porifera, that have a porous skeleton often of silica
  2. (countable) A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic)
  3. (uncountable) A porous material such as sponges consist of
  4. (informal) A heavy drinker
  5. (countable, uncountable) A light cake
  6. (countable, uncountable, UK) A type of steamed pudding
  7. (slang) A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge)
verb (spong, ing)
  1. (slang) To take advantage of the kindness of others.
He has been sponging off his friends for a month now.
  1. To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.
starfish Tweet Definition of starfish Like Definition of starfish on Facebook
noun (starfish)
  1. Any of various echinoderms with usually five arms, many of which eat bivalves or corals by everting their stomach.
  2. (vulgar, slang, usually in translations of Japanese pornography) an anus
steamer Tweet Definition of steamer Like Definition of steamer on Facebook
  1. A cooking appliance that cooks by steaming.
  2. A vessel in which articles are subjected to the action of steam, as in washing, and in various processes of manufacture.
  3. A vessel propelled by steam; a steamship or steamboat.
  4. A steam-powered road locomotive; a traction engine.
  5. A wetsuit which has long sleeves and long legs.
  6. (food) A dish of steamed clams.
  7. (context, birds) The duck; a genus (Tachyeres) of ducks in the bird family Anatidae. All of the four species occur in South America, and all except one are flightless.
Note: see Wikipedia article on (w, Tachyeres)
  1. (obsolete) A food made by cooking diced meat very slowly in a tightly sealed pot, with a minimum of flavourings, allowing it to steam in its own juices. Popular circa 1850 but apparently no longer so by the 1900s.
1864: of all the dishes ever brought to table, nothing equals that of the steamer &mdash; Edward Abbott, The English and Australian Cookery Book: Cookery for the Many, as Well as for the 'Upper Ten Thousand', London, 1864, in turn giving as his source "Australia, by Melville" (quoted in Acquired Tastes: Celebrating Australia's Culinary History, Colin Bannerman (and others), published by the w:National Library of Australia, National Library of Australia, 1998, ISBN 0-642-10693-2, page 14)
  1. (obsolete) A steam fire engine, a fire engine consisting of a steam boiler and engine, and pump which is driven by the engine, combined and mounted on wheels (Webster 1913).
stomach Tweet Definition of stomach Like Definition of stomach on Facebook
  1. An organ in animals that stores food in the process of digestion.
  2. (informal) The belly.
stone crab Tweet Definition of stone crab Like Definition of stone crab on Facebook
noun (POS=stone crab)
  1. The Florida stone crab.
  2. The king crab.

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