bivalve


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Related to bivalve: class Pelecypoda, Pelecypoda

bi·valve

 (bī′vălv′)
n.
Any of numerous freshwater and marine mollusks of the class Bivalvia, having a shell consisting of two hinged valves connected by a ligament, and including the clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops. Also called lamellibranch, pelecypod.
adj.
1. Having a shell consisting of two hinged valves.
2. Consisting of two similar separable parts.

bi′valved′ adj.

bivalve

(ˈbaɪˌvælv)
n
(Zoology) Also: pelecypod or lamellibranch any marine or freshwater mollusc of the class Pelecypoda (formerly Bivalvia or Lamellibranchia), having a laterally compressed body, a shell consisting of two hinged valves, and gills for respiration. The group includes clams, cockles, oysters, and mussels
adj
1. (Zoology) Also: pelecypod or lamellibranch of, relating to, or belonging to the Pelecypoda
2. (Zoology) biology Also: bivalvate having or consisting of two valves or similar parts: a bivalve seed capsule.
biˈvalvular adj

bi•valve

(ˈbaɪˌvælv)

n.
1. any mollusk, as the oyster or mussel, of the class Bivalvia, having hinged lateral shells, a soft body enclosed by a mantle, sheetlike gills, and often a retractile foot.
adj.
2. having two shells, usu. united by a hinge.
3. having two similar parts hinged together.
[1670–80]

bi·valve

(bī′vălv′)
A mollusk, such as a clam or oyster, whose shell consists of two halves hinged together. Compare univalve.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bivalve - marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged togetherbivalve - marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together
mollusc, mollusk, shellfish - invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell
clam - burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
cockle - common edible, burrowing European bivalve mollusk that has a strong, rounded shell with radiating ribs
oyster - marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters
ark shell - marine bivalve mollusk having a heavy toothed shell with a deep boat-like inner surface
blood clam - red-blooded clam
mussel - marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that lives attached to rocks etc.
escallop, scollop, scallop - edible marine bivalve having a fluted fan-shaped shell that swim by expelling water from the shell in a series of snapping motions
piddock - marine bivalve that bores into rock or clay or wood by means of saw-like shells
Adj.1.bivalve - used of mollusks having two shells (as clams etc.)bivalve - used of mollusks having two shells (as clams etc.)
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
univalve - used of mollusks, especially gastropods, as snails etc.
Translations

bivalve

[ˈbaɪvælv]
A. ADJbivalvo
B. N(molusco m) bivalvo m

bivalve

(Zool)
nzweischalige Muschel
adjzweischalig
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He had found an unknown bivalve, forming a new genus, and, more than this, he had hunted down and secured, with Jupiter's assistance, a scarabæus which he believed to be totally new, but in respect to which he wished to have my opinion on the morrow.
But did you ever notice any one try to open the terrestrial bivalve with a typewriter?
My worthy Ned," I answered, "to the poet, a pearl is a tear of the sea; to the Orientals, it is a drop of dew solidified; to the ladies, it is a jewel of an oblong shape, of a brilliancy of mother-of-pearl substance, which they wear on their fingers, their necks, or their ears; for the chemist it is a mixture of phosphate and carbonate of lime, with a little gelatine; and lastly, for naturalists, it is simply a morbid secretion of the organ that produces the mother-of-pearl amongst certain bivalves.
On the leaves, also, various patelliform shells, Trochi, uncovered molluscs, and some bivalves are attached.
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Bivalve tissues removed from their shells that were previously weighed were homogenized using a standard blender mixer.
Figure 8 shows that mean intake of cadmium for the Vietnamese population due to shellfish consumption estimated in our study is lower than the one for the population due to crab consumption in the United Kingdom (Food Standards Agency, 2006), due to mollusk, crustacean, and cephalopod consumption in Greece and due to bivalve, crustacean, and cephalopod consumption in Portugal (European Commission, 2004).
International bivalve expert Dr Graham Oliver, based in a laboratory at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, was confirming one of the clams as a new species when he found the sea worm, a variety of the type Antonbruunia, inside it.
Providing she's relying on more than a strategically placed bivalve to conceal her modesty, it will be refreshing to see her laid bare in a more figurative sense than usual.