Definition of Ianthina

1. n. Any gastropod of the genus Ianthina, of which various species are found living in mid ocean; -- called also purple shell, and violet snail.



Definition of Ianthina

1. Noun. Any of the family Janthinidae of violet snails. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Ianthina

1. Any gastropod of the genus Ianthina, of which various species are found living in mid ocean; called also purple shell, and violet snail. It floats at the surface by means of a raft, which it constructs by forming and uniting together air bubbles of hardened mucus. The Tyrian purple of the ancients was obtained in part from mollusks of this genus. Alternative forms: janthina. Origin: NL, fr. L. Ianthinus violet-blue, Gr.; violet + flower. (19 Mar 1998)

Ianthina Pictures

Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Ianthina Images

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ianthina

iambic pentameter
iambical
iambically
iambick
iambics
iambist
iambists
iambize
iambized
iambizes
iambizing
iambs
iambus
iambuses
ianfu
ianthina (current term)
ianthine
ianthinite
iatraliptic
iatraliptics
iatrapistic
iatric
iatrical
iatro-
iatrochemical
iatrochemist
iatrochemistry
iatrochemists
iatroculture
iatroepidemic

Other Resources Relating to: Ianthina

Search for Ianthina on Dictionary.com!Search for Ianthina on Thesaurus.com!Search for Ianthina on Google!Search for Ianthina on Wikipedia!

Search