mollusk

noun
mol·​lusk | \ ˈmä-ləsk How to pronounce mollusk (audio) \
variants: or mollusc

Definition of mollusk

: any of a large phylum (Mollusca) of invertebrate animals (such as snails, clams, or squids) with a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a calcareous shell broadly : shellfish

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Other Words from mollusk

molluscan or less commonly molluskan \ mə-​ˈlə-​skən How to pronounce mollusk (audio) , mä-​ \ adjective

Examples of mollusk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gigantic mollusk has turned out to be too delicious for its own good. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Abalone diving is banned, and work goes on to restore the giant sea snail on California's coast," 16 Apr. 2021 Natural pearls are the result of an irritant penetrating a mollusk. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Best pearls: 2021’s essential accessory," 10 Mar. 2021 Mikimoto’s innovation introduced an irritant into the mollusk, and layers of nacre formed around it, just as in the natural process. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Rarest Pearl of All? It's Called the Melo Melo," 20 Feb. 2021 Each of these vanishingly rare specimens—a jewelry holy grail—is exactly what its name implies, a pearl that occurs organically within a mollusk without any interference from man. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Rarest Pearl of All? It's Called the Melo Melo," 20 Feb. 2021 These larvae swim to the single species that serves as their unsuspecting host: a mollusk such as a snail or limpet. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "An Epic Journey to Adulthood Begins in the Intestines of a Deep-Sea Fish," 16 Feb. 2021 Mussels are generally more tender, and the complete mollusk is consumed. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 The stone shatters to reveal a fossilized relic within: an ammonite, an extinct mollusk with a telltale spiral pattern. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Kate Winslet gives her best performance in years in the striking, passionate ‘Ammonite’," 12 Nov. 2020 The little bay scallop is a delicious bivalve mollusk that’s indigenous throughout the East Coast of the US from New England to Florida and along the Gulf Coast to Texas. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mollusk

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mollusk

French mollusque, from New Latin Mollusca, from Latin, neuter plural of molluscus thin-shelled (of a nut), from mollis

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“Mollusk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mollusk. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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mollusk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mollusk

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

noun
mol·​lusk | \ ˈmä-ləsk How to pronounce mollusk (audio) \

Kids Definition of mollusk

: 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

mollusk

noun
mol·​lusk
variants: or mollusc \ ˈmäl-​əsk How to pronounce mollusk (audio) \

Medical Definition of mollusk

: any invertebrate animal of the phylum Mollusca

Other Words from mollusk

molluscan also molluskan \ mə-​ˈles-​kən, mä-​ How to pronounce mollusk (audio) \ adjective

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