Definition of Spirula

1. Noun. A small tropical cephalopod of the genus Spirula having prominent eyes and short arms and a many-chambered shell coiled in a flat spiral.

Exact synonyms: Spirula Peronii
Generic synonyms: Decapod
Group relationships: Genus Spirula



Definition of Spirula

1. n. A genus of cephalopods having a multilocular, internal, siphunculated shell in the form of a flat spiral, the coils of which are not in contact.

Definition of Spirula

1. Noun. (zoology) Any of the cephalopod genus ''Spirula''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spirula

1. a spiral-shelled mollusk [n -LAE or -LAS]

Medical Definition of Spirula

1. A genus of cephalopods having a multilocular, internal, siphunculated shell in the form of a flat spiral, the coils of which are not in contact. Origin: NL, dim. Of L. Spira a coil. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spirula

spiroscope
spiroscopes
spirostan
spirostans
spirotrich
spirotrichs
spiroylous
spirt
spirted
spirting
spirtle
spirtled
spirtles
spirtling
spirts
spirula (current term)
spirulae
spirulas
spirulate
spirulina
spirulinas
spirurida
spirurida infections
spirurina
spiruroid
spiruroid larva migrans
spiruroidea
spiry
spirytual
spirytuall

Literary usage of Spirula

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Elements of conchology by Lovell Reeve (1860)
"The history of the spirula is one of especial interest from the circumstance ... In M. Peron's example of the spirula the tentacles were broken off to about ..."

2. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Pierre André Latreille (1831)
"... but it has shorter arms—it forms the genus, spirula, Lam. In the hind part of the body, which is that of a Sepia, is an interior shell, which, ..."

3. The Shell Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Families of Living by Julia Ellen Rogers (1908)
"spirula Peronii, Lam.,is the sole representative of the genus. These little shells are flung upon tropical beaches by the thousands; the Gulf Stream and ..."

4. A Manual of Conchology: According to the System Laid Down by Lamarck, with by Thomas Wyatt (1838)
"Peron's spirula. PI . 36, fig. 2. Answers to the above description ; colour yellowish white. 2. Nautilus. Two species. An elegant, well-known shell, ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1908)
"It will be convenient to deal in the first place with spirula, which has always been ... The relationships of spirula have recently been made the subject of ..."

6. Structural and Systematic Conchology: An Introduction to the Study of the by George Washington Tryon (1883)
"The US Coast Survey Steamer Blake, in 18*78, dredged a spirula with its mollusk ... Owen's last memoir on the spirula adds materially to what was heretofore ..."

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