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At a TEDx talk in 2012, Friedman likened the seasteading movement to the Cambrian Explosion—a moment in evolutionary history when the globs and mollusks of the primordial soup gave way to a diverse array of complex organisms.
Protected from wind and waves but continuously refreshed by the ocean spill-over, a lagoon’s unique ecosystem nurtures birds, fish, crabs, clams, mollusks, coral and every other marine organism including people.
More than 200 species of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and invertebrates will live in a lifelike simulated Mediterranean environment.
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Origin and Etymology of mollusk
French mollusque, from New Latin Mollusca, from Latin, neuter plural of molluscus thin-shelled (of a nut), from mollis
First Known Use: 1783
MOLLUSK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mollusk for English Language Learners
biology : any one of a large group of animals (such as snails and clams) that have a soft body without a backbone and that usually live in a shell
MOLLUSK Defined for Kids
Definition of mollusk for Students
: an animal (as a clam, snail, or octopus) that lives mostly in water and has a soft body usually enclosed in a shell containing calcium
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