violet snail


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ianthina \I*an"thi*na\, n.; pl. L. Ianthin[ae], E.
   Ianthinas. [NL., fr. L. ianthinus violet-blue, Gr. ?; ?
   violet + ? flower.] (Zool.)
   Any gastropod of the genus Ianthina, of which various
   species are found living in mid ocean; -- called also {purple
   shell}, and violet snail. [Written also janthina.]
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   Note: 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Violet \Vi"o*let\, a. [Cf. F. violet. See Violet, n.]
   Dark blue, inclining to red; bluish purple; having a color
   produced by red and blue combined.
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   Violet shell (Zool.), any species of Ianthina; -- called
      also violet snail. See Ianthina.

   Violet wood, a name given to several kinds of hard purplish
      or reddish woods, as king wood, myall wood, and the wood
      of the Andira violacea, a tree of Guiana.
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