/spir"yeuh leuh, -oo leuh/, n., pl. spirulae /-lee'/.
any cephalopod of the genus Spirula, having a flat, spiral shell that is partly inside and partly outside the posterior part of the body.
[1825-35; < NL; LL spirula twisted cake. See SPIRA, -ULE]

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