spon·​dy·​lus | \ " \

Definition of spondylus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : a genus of large, thick, inequivalve, usually spinose and attached, bivalve mollusks (family Spondylidae) that are remarkable for perfection of the hinge
2 plural -es : any mollusk of the family Spondylidae : spiny oyster


noun combining form
-spon·​dy·​lus | \ " \

Definition of -spondylus (Entry 2 of 2)

: animal having (such) vertebrae in generic names Palaeospondylus

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History and Etymology for spondylus


New Latin, from Latin, a kind of mussel, from Greek spondylos

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Latin spondylus vertebra

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“Spondylus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spondylus. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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