lamellibranch

noun
la·​mel·​li·​branch | \ lə-ˈme-lə-ˌbraŋk How to pronounce lamellibranch (audio) \
plural lamellibranchs

Definition of lamellibranch

: any of a class (Lamellibranchia) of bivalve mollusks (such as clams, oysters, and mussels) that have the body bilaterally symmetrical, compressed, and enclosed within the mantle and that build up a shell whose right and left parts are connected by a hinge over the animal's back

Other Words from lamellibranch

lamellibranch adjective

First Known Use of lamellibranch

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lamellibranch

New Latin Lamellibranchia, from lamella + Latin branchia gill

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“Lamellibranch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lamellibranch. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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