- a univalve mollusk or its shell.
Origin of univalve
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Examples from the Web for univalves
The first two include Univalves and Bivalves, the last only Univalves.
Yet, since each of these three univalves has been this day created, these inferences are deceptive.Omphalos
Philip Henry Gosse
The former are univalves and the latter bivalves having two shells for protection.
Care should be taken not to injure the edge or lip of the mouth of univalves, or the ligament of the hinge of bivalves.
Beads made from the columell of univalves have generally a number of distinguishing characteristics.Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans
William H. Holmes
- 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 univalves
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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