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mollusk

noun mol·lusk \ˈmä-ləsk\

Simple Definition of mollusk

  • biology : any one of a large group of animals (such as snails and clams) that have a soft body without a backbone and that usually live in a shell

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mollusk

  1. :  any of a large phylum (Mollusca) of invertebrate animals (as snails, clams, or squids) with a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a calcareous shell; broadly :  shellfish

molluscan also molluskan play \mə-ˈləs-kən, mä-\ adjective

Variants of mollusk

or mollusc play \ˈmä-ləsk\

Origin of mollusk

French mollusque, from New Latin Mollusca, from Latin, neuter plural of molluscus thin-shelled (of a nut), from mollis


First Known Use: 1783

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MOLLUSK Defined for Kids

mollusk

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noun mol·lusk \ˈmä-ləsk\

Definition of mollusk for Students

  1. :  an animal (as a clam, snail, or octopus) that lives mostly in water and has a soft body usually enclosed in a shell containing calcium




Medical Dictionary

mollusk

noun mol·lusk

Medical Definition of mollusk

  1. :  any invertebrate animal of the phylum Mollusca

molluscan also molluskan \mə-ˈles-kən, mä-\play adjective


Variants of mollusk

or mollusc \ˈmäl-əsk\play

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