- the phylum comprising the mollusks.
Origin of Mollusca
- any of various skin conditions characterized by soft, rounded tumors.
Origin of molluscum
Examples from the Web for mollusca
All the classes of Mollusca appear fully fledged, as it were.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
They existed, few or many, as early as any other of the mollusca.
Fishes and mollusca are among the most prominent of their animals.
The larval forms of the Mollusca differ considerably from the adult.
The shell-fish are called Mollusca, the soft-bodied animals.
Word Origin and History for mollusca
1797, from Modern Latin mollusca, chosen by Linnaeus as the name of an invertebrate order (1758), from neuter plural of Latin molluscus "thin-shelled," from mollis "soft" (see melt (v.)). Linnæus applied the word to a heterogeneous group of invertebrates, not originally including mollusks with shells; the modern scientific use is after a classification proposed 1790s by French naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832).
- Any of various skin diseases marked by the occurrence of soft spherical tumors on the face or the body.