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Olive shell, any of the marine snails that constitute the family Olividae.
Olives burrow in sandy bottoms. Common in southeastern American waters is the lettered olive (Oliva sayana), about 6 cm (2.5 inches) long. Abundant in the Indo-Pacific region is the 8-centimetre (3-inch) orange-mouthed olive (O. sericea).
Olive shells are popular with shell collectors, and are also often made into jewelry and other decorative items.
The shell of the lettered olive is the state shell of South Carolina in the United States.
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August 9th, 2013
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