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lamellibranch

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noun la·mel·li·branch \lə-ˈme-lə-ˌbraŋk\

Definition of lamellibranch

plural lamellibranchs

  1. :  any of a class (Lamellibranchia) of bivalve mollusks (as clams, oysters, and mussels) that have the body bilaterally symmetrical, compressed, and enclosed within the mantle and that build up a shell whose right and left parts are connected by a hinge over the animal's back

lamellibranch adjective


Origin of lamellibranch

New Latin Lamellibranchia, from lamella + Latin branchia gill


First Known Use: 1855


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