鳥貝

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
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Etymology[edit]

Compound of (tori, bird) +‎ (gai, shellfish). So called in part because the foot of the mollusc looks a bit like a bird's foot, and because the flavor is similar to chicken.

Noun[edit]

鳥貝 (hiragana とりがい, katakana トリガイ, historical hiragana とりがひ, romaji torigai)

  1. a Japanese cockle, an egg cockle: an edible marine bivalve mollusc of family Cardiidae, species Fulvia mutica

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