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[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, pelecypodous
[pel-uh-sip-uh-duh s] /ˌpɛl əˈsɪp ə dəs/ (Show IPA)
. belonging or pertaining to the Pelecypoda.
Origin of pelecypod
1855-60; < New Latin Pelecypoda < Greek péleky(s) hatchet + New Latin -poda; see -pod Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pelecypod
  • The two shells of the pelecypod are identical in size and shape.
  • These have yet to be identified but appear to be pelecypod, coral, and gastropod fragments.
  • Chromosome number in nine families of marine pelecypod mollusks.
  • They formed under conditions that permitted the existence of an impoverished pelecypod fauna.
  • Much of the biogenic calcite found in a sample is commonly in the form of coarse pelecypod or gastropod shell fragments.
British Dictionary definitions for pelecypod


noun, adjective
another word for bivalve (sense 1), bivalve (sense 2)
Word Origin
C19: from Greek pelekus hatchet + -pod
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