spondylus

noun spon·dy·lus \"\

Definition of spondylus

  1. 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. 2 plural -es :  any mollusk of the family Spondylidae :  spiny oyster

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Origin and Etymology of spondylus

New Latin, from Latin, a kind of mussel, from Greek spondylos — more at spondyl


-spondylus

noun combining form -spon·dy·lus \"\

Definition of -spondylus

  1. :  animal having (such) vertebrae —in generic names Palaeospondylus

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Origin and Etymology of -spondylus

New Latin, from Latin spondylus vertebra — more at spondyl


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