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[muhl-ti-valv] /ˈmʌl tɪˌvælv/
(of a shell) composed of more than two valves or pieces.
a multivalve mollusk or its shell.
Origin of multivalve
First recorded in 1745-55; multi- + valve Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • multivalve, mul′ti-valv, n. a mollusc having a shell of more than two valves.

  • They are protected by a multivalve shell, and have long ciliated curled tentacles, whence their name (curl-footed).

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The sub-type in De Blainville's system, comprehending those with multivalve shells.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • The opercula of multivalve shells are composed of two or four pieces, which are called the opercular valves.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • An order consisting of molluscs which have multivalve shells, supported on a peduncle.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby

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