pinnothere

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pīnotērēs, from Ancient Greek πινοτήρης (pinotḗrēs).

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pinnothere (plural pinnotheres)

  1. (obsolete) A small crab of the genus Pinnotheres, which live symbiotically in the shells of certain molluscs. [17th-19th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      The shell-fish called a Nacre, liveth even so with the Pinnotere, which is a little creature like unto a Crabfish, and as his porter or usher waits upon him, attending the opening of the Nacre [].

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