plural noun
An·​a·​ti·​na·​cea | \ ˌanətəˈnāshēə \

Definition of Anatinacea

: a suborder of Eulamellibranchia of worldwide distribution comprising mollusks that have separate orifices for the ovaries and testes, a small foot, and the hinge of the shell without teeth

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First Known Use of Anatinacea

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Anatinacea

New Latin, from Anatina, genus of mollusks (from Latin anat-, anas duck + New Latin -ina) + -acea

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“Anatinacea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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