(redirected from pelecypods)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical.



[From New Latin Pelecypoda, class name : Greek pelekus, axe + New Latin -poda, -pod.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


n, adj
(Animals) another word for bivalve1, bivalve2
[C19: from Greek pelekus hatchet + -pod]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014



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.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
The bioclasts of bivalves, pelecypods, and echinoderms constitutes about 15-20% of this microfacies, quartz is 5-8%, rhombohedral dolomite about 1-3% and 50-60% micrite and coarse crystalline calcite.
In the present study, diversity of benthic organisms were in the sequence of gastropods (35.29%) > crabs (19.41%) > pelecypods (15.29%) > seaweeds (11.18%) > sponges (9.41%) > polychaetes (2.94%) > flat worms and cephalopods (2.35%) > soft corals (1.18%) > tunicates (0.59%).
10 species of larger forams including age diagnostic Miscellanea miscella, Lockhartia haimei were recorded along with Milliolids, Planktons as well as Gastrpods, Pelecypods, Ostracodes, Dasycladacean algae, Echinoderms and Sponges were also observed.
Over in Earlville, pickups and 4x4s have worn a dirt road down to bedrock paved with cephalopods and pelecypods, making it a tantalizing, but hazardous, place to collect.
It is characterized by the fauna of foraminifers, ammonites, pelecypods and belemnites.
Key to the Genera of Freshwater Pelecypods (Mussels and Clams) of Michigan.
It is Paleocene in age and associated with shallow marine environment due to abundance of coralline algae, gastropods, pelecypods, echinoid fragments and other skeletal debris.
The fossils are Cretaceous marine pelecypods, perhaps clams, but genus and species not identified, now replaced by microcrystalline phosphophyllite.
We collected 22 taxa (10 species & 12 taxa identified to genus or family) of invertebrates, including one isopod, 1 decapod, 4 pelecypods, 1 gastropod, 1 leech, 1 annelid, I triclad, 5 dipterans, 2 odonates, 2 coleopterans, 2 hemipterans, and 1 megalopteran.