pelecypod


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pe·lec·y·pod

 (pə-lĕs′ə-pŏd′)
n.

[From New Latin Pelecypoda, class name : Greek pelekus, axe + New Latin -poda, -pod.]

pelecypod

(pɪˈlɛsɪˌpɒd)
n, adj
(Animals) another word for bivalve1, bivalve2
[C19: from Greek pelekus hatchet + -pod]

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pelecypod - marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged togetherpelecypod - 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.pelecypod - bivalve
bivalve, bivalved - used of mollusks having two shells (as clams etc.)
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The carbon isotopic composition of calcite (analysis done at Saint Francis Xavier University using a "combustion" method) from 5 pelecypod shells and one brachiopod shell (a rhynchonellid) yielded [delta][sup.
Pelecypod remains were not found in Fissure 1 or any of the other fissures sampled.
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