plural noun

: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anatinacea was in 1872

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“Anatinacea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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