spondylus

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noun

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

-spondylus

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noun combining form

-spon·​dy·​lus
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: animal having (such) vertebrae
in generic names
Palaeospondylus

Word History

Etymology

Noun

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 23 Jun. 2024.

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