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opisthobranch

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noun, opis·tho·branch \ə-ˈpis-thə-ˌbraŋk\

Definition of opisthobranch

plural opisthobranchs

  1. :  any of a subclass (Opisthobranchia) of marine gastropod mollusks that have the gills when present posterior to the heart and often lack a shell

opisthobranch adjective


Origin of opisthobranch

New Latin Opisthobranchia, from Greek opisthen behind (akin to Greek epi on) + branchia gills — more at epi-


First Known Use: circa 1856


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