harpa definition

  • noun:
    • A genus of marine univalve shells; the harp shells; -- so named from kind of the shells, and their ornamental ribs.
    • A genus of mollusks, representative of household Harpidæ, having a comparatively wide aperture and ventricose cross-ribbed whorls; the harp-shells. There are many species, on most tropical seas. Lamarck, Jour. Soc. Hist. Nat., 1799. See cut under harp-shell.
    • See harpe.

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