valvata

noun
val·​va·​ta | \ valˈvätə, -ˈvātə \

Definition of valvata

1 capitalized : a genus of freshwater operculate snails (suborder Taenioglossa) having the gill attached only by the base so that it forms a process like a feather outside the shell when extended
2 plural -s : any snail of the genus Valvata

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History and Etymology for valvata

New Latin, from feminine of valvatus valvate

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“Valvata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valvata. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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