1. A dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam; SYN. grapple.
2. The shell of a clam. clam-shell
ETYM Latin, a snail, or snail shell, Greek kochlias a snail, from kochlos a shellfish with a spiral shell.
The snail-shaped tube in the inner ear where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the Organ of Corti.
Spirally coiled part of ear.
Part of the inner ear. It is equipped with approximately 10,000 hair cells, which move in response to sound waves and thus stimulate nerve cells to send messages to the brain. In this way they turn vibrations of the air into electrical signals.