[brey-kee-uh-pod, brak-ee-]
any mollusklike, marine animal of the phylum Brachiopoda, having a dorsal and ventral shell; a lamp shell.
Also, brachiopodous [brey-kee-op-uh-duhs, brak-ee] . belonging or pertaining to the Brachiopoda.

1830–40; < Neo-Latin Brachiopoda. See brachio-, -pod Unabridged
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brachiopod (ˈbreɪkɪəˌpɒd, ˈbræk-)
See also bryozoan Also called: lamp shell any marine invertebrate animal of the phylum Brachiopoda, having a ciliated feeding organ (lophophore) and a shell consisting of dorsal and ventral valves
[C19: from New Latin Brachiopoda; see brachium, -pod]

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"bivalve mollusk," 1836, Mod.L., from Gk. brakhion "arm" (see brachio-) + pous "foot" (see foot). They have long spiral "arms" on either side of their mouths.
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brachiopod   (brā'kē-ə-pŏd')  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various marine invertebrate animals of the phylum Brachiopoda that resemble clams. Brachiopods have paired upper and lower shells attached to a usually stationary stalk and hollow tentacles covered with cilia that sweep food particles into the mouth. Brachiopods are probably related to the phoronids and bryozoans, and were extremely abundant throughout the Paleozoic Era.
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