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bivalve

adjective bi·valve \ ˈbī-ˌvalv \

Definition of bivalve

:being or having a shell composed of two valves

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First Known Use of bivalve

1661


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bivalve

noun

Definition of bivalve

:any of a class (Bivalvia synonym Pelecypoda) of typically marine mollusks (such as clams, oysters, or scallops) that have a 2-valved hinged shell, are usually filter feeders, and lack a distinct head

Examples of bivalve in a Sentence

  1. clams, mussels, oysters, and other bivalves

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First Known Use of bivalve

1683


BIVALVE Defined for English Language Learners

bivalve

noun

Definition of bivalve for English Language Learners

  • biology : a sea animal that has a shell with two movable parts connected by a hinge


Medical Dictionary

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bivalve

adjective bi·valve \ ˈbī-ˌvalv \
variants: also bivalved play \-ˌvalvd\

medical Definition of bivalve

:having or consisting of two corresponding movable pieces suggesting the shells of mollusks
  • a bivalve speculum
  • a bivalve cast

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bivalve

transitive verb

medical Definition of bivalve

bivalved; bivalving
:to split (a cast) along one or two sides (as to relieve pressure)


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