Lampsilis

noun
Lamp·​si·​lis | \ ˈlampsələ̇s \

Definition of Lampsilis

: a genus of North American freshwater mussels including the yellowback and the pocketbook

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History and Etymology for Lampsilis

New Latin, alteration of Lasmacampsilis, probably from lasma- (intended as latinization of French lame lamina) + Greek kampsis action of bending (from kamptein to bend, from kampē bend, turning) + Latin -ilis (adjective ending)

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“Lampsilis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lampsilis. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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