- a univalve mollusk or its shell.
Origin of univalve
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Cochleate: spirally twisted like a screw or a univalve shell.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Its intestines were filled with small crabs and univalve shells.Eccentricities of the Animal Creation.
The meaning of the univalve shell (Fig. 82) is also unknown.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
There appear to be three varieties, spiral, univalve, and bivalve.The World and Its People: Book VII
Anna B. Badlam
Some of these are most vivid in their shapes and ray-like markings, particularly the univalve shells.
- relating to, designating, or possessing a mollusc shell that consists of a single piece (valve)
- a gastropod mollusc or its shell
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Word Origin and History for univalve
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- A gastropod, especially one with a single shell, such as a snail, cone, whelk, abalone, or limpet. Univalves belong to the subclass Prosobranchia. Their shells are usually spiral and can hold the whole animal inside. Compare bivalve.
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