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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Stair·case n. A flight of stairs with their supporting framework, casing, balusters, etc.
    To make a complete staircase is a curious piece of architecture.   --Sir H. Wotton.
 Staircase shell. Zool. (a) Any scalaria, or wentletrap. (b) Any species of Solarium, or perspective shell.
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wen·tle·trap n.  [Obs.] Any one of numerous species of elegant, usually white, marine shells of the genus Scalaria, especially Scalaria pretiosa, which was formerly highly valued; -- called also staircase shell.  See Scalaria.