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 Rocky Mountains provided the Western United States ample protection from the mollusk until 2007, when the first quagga was discovered in Lake Mead, downstream on the Colorado River from Lake Powell. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Shoes On, the feature-length adaptation of Dean Fleischer Camp and Jenny Slate's series of popular short films and New York Times-bestselling books, marks the feature debut of the internet's most beloved mollusk. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 1 Sep. 2021 In a 2015 study, Kolle and his colleagues reported their discovery of how a mollusk, the blue-rayed limpet, generates the distinctive bright blue stripes on its shell. Viviane Callier, The Atlantic, 20 June 2021 In a 2015 study, Kolle and his colleagues reported their discovery of how a mollusk, the blue-rayed limpet, generates the distinctive bright blue stripes on its shell. Viviane Callier, The Atlantic, 20 June 2021 In a 2015 study, Kolle and his colleagues reported their discovery of how a mollusk, the blue-rayed limpet, generates the distinctive bright blue stripes on its shell. Viviane Callier, The Atlantic, 20 June 2021 Such is the symbolic power of the mollusk that many of the people who enjoy eating them are in it for more than just the taste. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, 12 July 2021 In a 2015 study, Kolle and his colleagues reported their discovery of how a mollusk, the blue-rayed limpet, generates the distinctive bright blue stripes on its shell. Viviane Callier, The Atlantic, 20 June 2021 In a 2015 study, Kolle and his colleagues reported their discovery of how a mollusk, the blue-rayed limpet, generates the distinctive bright blue stripes on its shell. Viviane Callier, The Atlantic, 20 June 2021

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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 21 Sep. 2021.

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mollusk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mollusk

: 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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