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[muh-luhs-kuh m] /məˈlʌs kəm/
noun, plural mollusca
[muh-luhs-kuh] /məˈlʌs kə/ (Show IPA).
any of various skin conditions characterized by soft, rounded tumors.
Origin of molluscum
1805-15; < New Latin, Latin: fungus, noun use of neuter of molluscus soft; akin to mollis soft
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molluscous, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In 1804, Lamarck classed them among the molluscous cephalopods.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • Their food consists of spawn, insects, and molluscous animals.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • Described in the Voyage de la Coquille, and represented as a molluscous animal destitute of a shell.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • Large jars were filling apace with the bodies of rare birds, fishes, quadrupeds and reptiles, as well as molluscous animals.

  • With respect to the land Planariae, unquestionably they are not molluscous animals.

  • She felt Norie still hankered after him, but perhaps kept him at bay partly because of her mother's molluscous clingings—No!

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • It is also applied to imitations of such stones in glass, called “pastes,” or on the shells of molluscous animals.

  • The common name for the Crustacean and molluscous animals that are used for food.

  • An extremely light, cartilaginous covering of a molluscous animal, so named from its similarity in shape to a boat.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • The molluscous Gasteropoda have the organs of respiration formed for aerial respiration, or for respiration under water.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
molluscous in Medicine

molluscous mol·lus·cous (mə-lŭs'kəs)
Of, relating to, or resembling molluscum.

molluscum mol·lus·cum (mə-lŭs'kəm)
n. pl. mol·lus·ca (-kə)
Any of various skin diseases marked by the occurrence of soft spherical tumors on the face or the body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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