[ puh-les-uh-pod ]
/ pəˈlɛs əˌpɒd /


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.


Also pel·e·cyp·o·dous [pel-uh-sip-uh-duhs]. /ˌpɛl əˈsɪp ə dəs/. belonging or pertaining to the Pelecypoda.

Origin of pelecypod

1855–60; <New Latin Pelecypoda<Greek péleky(s) hatchet + New Latin -poda;see -pod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pelecypod

/ (pɪˈlɛsɪˌpɒd) /

noun, adjective

Word Origin for pelecypod

C19: from Greek pelekus hatchet + -pod
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