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

gryphaeoid

\ˈgrifēˌȯid\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of gryphaea

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


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