Miter shell

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(Zool.) any one of numerous species of marine univalve shells of the genus Mitra.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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What I'll do is take a fistful of sand and observe the little that's left in my hand after almost all of it has run through the interstices between my fingers; I'll observe a few grains, then each grain, and not one of those grains will still seem a small thing; soon the form of the shell, this oyster shell or this miter shell, this razor clam, will impress me as an enormous monument, colossal and yet exquisite, something like the temple at Angkor, Saint-Maclou,(*) or the Pyramids, but much more mysterious than these all too incontestable human products.