Carrier shell

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(Zool.) a univalve shell of the genus Phorus; - so called because it fastens bits of stones and broken shells to its own shell, to such an extent as almost to conceal it.

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Carrier shells, hermit crabs and the many different kinds of scavengers and decomposers in the natural world are the very first adherents, proponents and practitioners of the three Rs of environmental waste reduction and management control.
The Carrier Shell got its name from its uncanny ability to collect and then attach the empty and discarded shells of other mollusks, pieces of coral or sponge and even pebbles and stones onto its own shell.
Take a leaf out of the humble carrier shell, who must know that willful waste makes woeful want.
When a Medigap carrier shells out tens of thousands of dollars during a long illness, leaving little or nothing to be paid by the patient, friends and family of that patient have a very long memory about the insurance carrier that paid so well.

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