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pelecypod

[puh-les-uh-pod]
noun
  1. any mollusk of the class Pelecypoda (Lamellibranchiata), characterized by a bivalve shell enclosing the headless body and lamellate gills, comprising the oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops.
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adjective
  1. Also pel·e·cyp·o·dous [pel-uh-sip-uh-duh s] /ˌpɛl əˈsɪp ə dəs/. belonging or pertaining to the Pelecypoda.
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Origin of pelecypod

1855–60; < New Latin Pelecypoda < Greek péleky(s) hatchet + New Latin -poda; see -pod
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Examples from the Web for pelecypod

Historical Examples

  • Excepting in a few families, the pelecypod foot is well developed.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • When a pelecypod dies and the pull of the adductor muscles is released, the valves gape open.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • The greatest possible degree of variation exists in the structure of the pelecypod shell.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • A good balance is preserved between them all, the result being a high type of pelecypod.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • In this family we encounter, rather suddenly, some new features not heretofore seen in the pelecypod structure.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold


British Dictionary definitions for pelecypod

pelecypod

noun, adjective
  1. another word for bivalve (def. 1), bivalve (def. 2)
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek pelekus hatchet + -pod
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