pelecypodous

pelecypod

[puh-les-uh-pod]
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-duhs] . belonging or pertaining to the Pelecypoda.

Origin:
1855–60; < Neo-Latin Pelecypoda < Greek péleky(s) hatchet + Neo-Latin -poda; see -pod

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pelecypod (pɪˈlɛsɪˌpɒd)
 
n, —adj
bivalve another word for bivalve
 
[C19: from Greek pelekus hatchet + -pod]

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