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[From New Latin Lāmellibranchia, class name : lamelli- + Latin branchia, gill; see branchia.]

la·mel′li·branch′ adj.
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n, adj
(Zoology) another word for bivalve1, bivalve2
[C19: from New Latin lamellibranchia plate-gilled (animals); see lamella, branchia]
laˌmelliˈbranchiate adj, n
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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.
2. having two shells, usu. united by a hinge.
3. having two similar parts hinged together.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lamellibranch - marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged togetherlamellibranch - 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.lamellibranch - bivalve
bivalve, bivalved - used of mollusks having two shells (as clams etc.)
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nov., an orthonectid parasite of a lamellibranch Heteranomia squamula L., with a note on its swimming behaviour.
On the ciliary mechanisms and interrelationships of lamellibranches. Part III: types of lamellibranch gills and their food currents.
From a general point of view, the seafood supply chain is divided into two categories: edible lamellibranch molluscs (e.g., mussels and clams) and fishery products (e.g., fish and crustaceans).
At first, the paleo environment in which the oil shale near Urumqi city (Jimusaer country) formed was considered to be marine, but because later the freshwater lamellibranch was found in the oil shale strata, then paleo environment was considered to have been terrestrial.
The identification and classification of lamellibranch larvae.
Correction of homonyms in the lamellibranch genus Conocardium.
Yet perhaps we can avoid using the corporately brand namingly dull 'Millennium Centre' by saying 'I'm off to the Lamellibranch tonight to see that new play'.
Fine-structure of the neurons in the mid-dorsal lobes of the visceral ganglion of the Lamellibranch mollusc Scrobicularia plana (da Costa).
The anatomy and phylogeny of Spondylus, with a particular reference to the lamellibranch nervous system.