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den·ta·li·um

 (dĕn-tā′lē-əm)
n. pl. den·ta·li·a (-lē-ə) or den·ta·li·ums
Any of various tusk shells of the genus Dentalium, some of which are used for ornament and were used by native peoples of western North America as currency.

[New Latin Dentālium, genus name, from dentālis, toothy; see dental.]
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dentalium

(dɛnˈteɪlɪəm)
n, pl -liums or -lia (-lɪə)
(Animals) any scaphopod mollusc of the genus Dentalium. See tusk shell
[C19: New Latin, from Medieval Latin dentālis dental]
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From her braids she is wearing dentalium hair ties that are suspended from her beaded hair ties.
MOPALIIDAE Mopalia beani MOLLUSCA, SCAPHOPODA DENTALIIDAE Dentalium pretiosum MOLLUSCA, GASTEROPODA CAECIDAE Caecum carpenteri CALYPTRAEIDAE Crepidula onyx Crepidula sp.
En las del vestibulo se constata una estratigrafia de poca potencia y totalmente revuelta por las intervenciones de furtivos, donde se recuperaron una serie de materiales de diverso caracter: a) fragmentos ceramicos (los mas abundantes, algunos de ellos decorados); b) muy escasos restos liticos (10 piezas no retocadas, dos piezas de hoz y dos laminas con retoque plano; asi como un fragmento de filo de hacha pulimentada de basalto); c) alguna pieza de industria osea (dos punzones y un fragmento de otro); d) objetos de adorno (39 cuentas discoidales, la mayoria realizadas sobre concha, una cuenta de Dentalium y un fragmento de otra), y e) restos oseos, tanto humanos como animales, en su mayoria de especies domesticas.
Much like the 'Dentalium Land' or 'Money's Home' of Native California peoples, whence came the shell monies whose employ in bride-price and wergeld compensation was testimony to their vital worth (Bushnell and Bushnell 1977).
Current status: Dentalium regulare Smith, 1903 (Steiner & Kabat 2004: 638).
and Bythinia tetaculata; the scaphopod Dentalium dentale; and the bivalve Spisula so-lidisima.
1758 + + Fusinus maroccensis Gmelin, 1791 + Striarca lactea Linnaeus, 1758 + Turbonilla acutissima Monterosato, 1884 + Clausinella fasciata da Costa, 1778 Scaphopoda/Species Dentalium tarentinum Lamarck, 1818 Dentaliidae sp.
Many men, for instance, wore robes adorned with dentalium, like the one worn by Duncan, Macbeth, and Malcolm.
In the surprising absence of competition by champions of other Oregon fossils - say, the beguiling Venericardia hornii, or the ever-popular Dentalium schencki - the Metasequoia seems a lovely and logical choice.
Wampum and dentalium, a study of Native American shell money (Stearn's original title: A study of primitive money).