Any mollusc belonging to the taxonomic class Bivalvia, characterized by a shell consisting of two hinged sections, such as a scallop, clam, mussel or oyster.
See Also: univalve

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  • bivalve — [ bivalv ] adj. • 1718 n.; de bi et valve 1 ♦ Zool. Dont la coquille est composée de deux valves jointes par un muscle charnière. Mollusque bivalve, coquillage bivalve (ex. la moule). Subst. m. Les bivalves : les lamellibranches. 2 ♦ Bot. Qui s… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Bivalve — ist der Name mehrerer Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Bivalve (Kalifornien) Bivalve (Maryland) Bivalve (New Jersey) Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Begriffe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bivalve — Bi valve, n. [F. bivalve; bi (L. bis) + valve valve.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A mollusk having a shell consisting of two lateral plates or valves joined together by an elastic ligament at the hinge, which is usually strengthened by prominences called teeth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bivalve — Bi valve, a. [Pref. bi + valve.] (Zo[ o]l. & Bot.) Having two shells or valves which open and shut, as the oyster and certain seed vessels. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bivalve — BIVALVE. s. f. Terme d Histoire Naturelle. Coquillage qui a deux parties jointes par une sorte de charnière. Les huitres, les moules sont des bivalves …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • bivalve — (adj.) 1660s in reference to mollusks with double shells; 1670s in reference to shutters or doors; from BI (Cf. bi ) + VALVE (Cf. valve). The noun is 1680s in the mollusk sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • bivalve — adj. 2 g. Que tem duas valvas …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • bivalve — ► NOUN ▪ an aquatic mollusc which has a compressed body enclosed within two hinged shells, such as an oyster, mussel, or scallop. ► ADJECTIVE 1) (also bivalved) having a hinged double shell. 2) Botany having two valves …   English terms dictionary

  • bivalve — [bī′valv΄] n. any of a class (Bivalvia) of mollusks, including mussels and clams, having a shell consisting of two valves hinged together adj. having a shell of two valves hinged together: also bivalved …   English World 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

  • bivalve — (bi val v ) s. m. Coquille composée de deux valves. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Bis, deux, et valve. SUPPLÉMENT AU DICTIONNAIRE    BIVALVE. Ajoutez : REM. D autres font bivalve féminin : Une bivalve très jolie. Le Dict. de l Académie fait multivalve féminin,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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