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brachiopod

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noun bra·chio·pod \ˈbrā-kē-ə-ˌpäd\

Definition of brachiopod

  1. :  any of a phylum (Brachiopoda) of marine invertebrates with bivalve shells within which is a pair of arms bearing tentacles by which a current of water is made to bring microscopic food to the mouth —called also lampshell

brachiopod adjective


Origin of brachiopod

ultimately from Latin bracchium + Greek pod-, pous foot — more at foot


First Known Use: 1836


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