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OED online has: bailer shell, the shell of a gastropod mollusc of the genus Cymbium found in the south-western Pacific.

See original Mihalic entry.

Noun forms

  1. Ocean: the bailer shell, Melo aethiopicus or Melo umbilicatus (Hinton 1977: 50).

  1. Culture: in some areas, a penis cover made of shell

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