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pelecypod

[puh-les-uh-pod] /pəˈlɛs əˌpɒd/
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.
adjective
2.
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
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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