any marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk, of the class Lamellibranchia; includes the clams, scallops and oysters

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  • Lamellibranch — La*mel li*branch, n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Lamellibranchia (also called Pelecypoda). Also used adjectively. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lamellibranch — [lə mel΄ibraŋ′kē it, lə mel΄i braŋ′kēāt΄lə mel′i braŋk΄] n. [< ModL Lamellibranchia, the class name: see LAMELLI & BRANCHIAE] BIVALVE adj. designating or of a bivalve mollusk: also lamellibranchiate [lə mel΄ibraŋ′kē it, lə mel΄i braŋ′kēāt΄] …   English World dictionary

  • lamellibranch — noun (plural branchs) Etymology: New Latin Lamellibranchia, from lamella + Latin branchia gill Date: 1855 any of a class (Lamellibranchia) of bivalve mollusks (as clams, oysters, and mussels) that have the body bilaterally symmetrical, compressed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lamellibranch — /leuh mel euh brangk /, n. bivalve. [1850 55; < NL Lamellibranchia group name. See LAMELLI , BRANCHIA] * * * …   Universalium

  • lamellibranch — [lə mɛlɪbraŋk] noun another term for bivalve. Origin C19: from mod. L. Lamellibranchia (former class name), from L. lamella + Gk brankhia gills …   English new terms dictionary

  • lamellibranch — la·mel·li·branch …   English syllables

  • lamellibranch — la•mel•li•branch [[t]ləˈmɛl əˌbræŋk[/t]] n. ivt bivalve • Etymology: 1850–55; < NL Lamellibranchia group name. See lamelli , branchia …   From formal English to slang

  • lamellibranch — /ləˈmɛləbræŋk/ (say luh meluhbrangk) noun any of the Lamellibranchiata, a class of molluscs comprising the oysters, clams, mussels, scallops, etc., characterised by a bivalve shell enclosing the headless body and lamellate gills. {New Latin… …  

  • lamellibranch — n. any aquatic mollusc having a shell formed of two pieces or valves, e.g. a mussel or oyster. Also called BIVALVE. Etymology: LAMELLA + Gk bragkhia gills …   Useful english dictionary

  • bivalve — bivalvular /buy val vyeuh leuhr/, adj. /buy valv /, n. 1. Also called lamellibranch. Zool. any mollusk, as the oyster, clam, scallop, or mussel, of the class Bivalvia, having two shells hinged together, a soft body, and lamellate gills. adj. 2.… …   Universalium

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