lamellibranch

lamellibranch

[luh-mel-uh-brangk]
noun

Origin:
1850–55; < Neo-Latin Lamellibranchia group name. See lamelli-, -branchia

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To lamellibranch
Collins
World English Dictionary
lamellibranch (ləˈmɛlɪˌbræŋk)
 
n, —adj
bivalve another word for bivalve
 
[C19: from New Latin lamellibranchia plate-gilled (animals); see lamella, branchia]
 
lamelli'branchiate
 
adj, —n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
lamellibranch   (lə-měl'ə-brānk')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Any of the bivalve mollusks of the subclass Lamellibranchia, the largest group of bivalves. Lamellibranchs have gills that consist of long, folded filaments with cilia at the end that draw in water for respiration and also filter food particles. Lamellibranchs include clams, scallops, and oysters.

  2. In former classifications, any bivalve mollusk.


The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature