Gryphaea

noun
Gry·​phaea | \ grə̇ˈfēə, grīˈ- \

Definition of Gryphaea

1 : a genus of fossil mollusks related to the oyster but having the left valve arched with an incurved beak and the right valve flat
2 in some classifications : crassostrea

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Other Words from Gryphaea

gryphaeoid \ ˈgrifēˌȯid \ adjective

History and Etymology for Gryphaea

New Latin, from Latin gryphus or gryph-, gryps griffin

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“Gryphaea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gryphaea. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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