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[ in-ee-kwuh-valv ]
/ ɪnˈi kwəˌvælv /


(of a bivalve mollusk) having the valves of the shell unequal in shape and size.

Nearby words

inequable, inequality, inequilateral, inequitable, inequity, inequivalve, ineradicable, inerasable, inerrable, inerrancy, inerrant

Origin of inequivalve

First recorded in 1770–80; in-3 + equi- + valve Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inequivalve

  • In the former, all the shells are inequivalve; in the latter equivalve.

    A Conchological Manual|George Brettingham Sowerby
  • Asymmetrical, inequivalve, fixed, with extensive pallial sutures; no siphons.

  • A bivalve is said to be equivalve when the two shells composing it are of the same size, inequivalve when they are not.