The cone-shaped miter
Imbricaria translates as “tiled or shingled” – the cone-shaped shingled shell. Indeed, when you look at imbricaria, the bands along its body do give the illusion of a tiled shell, despite its smoothness. A miter, from the Greek for “headband”, is a type of headgear traditional to Catholic Bishop. The resemblance of these slender, pointed shells to this pointed hat is presumably the source of their family name, the Mitridae.