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bivalve

Syllabification: bi·valve
Pronunciation: /ˈbīˌvalv
 
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Definition of bivalve in English:

noun

An aquatic mollusk that has a compressed body enclosed within a hinged shell, such as oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops. Also called pelecypod or lamellibranch.
  • Class Bivalvia (formerly Pelecypoda or Lamellibranchia)
Example sentences
  • Shell fragments of bivalves and gastropods are common in Neogene shallow-water deposits.
  • Some sponges bore into the shells of bivalves, gastropods, and the colonial skeletons of corals by slowly etching away chips of calcareous material.
  • Based on gastropods, bivalves, and planktonic foraminifera, Kilmer assigned this formation to the Turonian.

adjective

(also bivalved) Zoology Back to top  
1(Of a mollusk or other aquatic invertebrate) with a hinged shell.
Example sentences
  • This makes brachiopods look superficially like bivalved molluscs (clams, oysters, etc.)
  • In bivalve molluscs, growth rate of the shell tends to decelerate with growth and the shell generally becomes more inflated in the late growth stage.
  • The hinge ligament of bivalve shell is an example of a complex development.
1.1 Botany Having two valves.
Example sentences
  • There is a large class of plants which have their seeds enclosed in a sort of bivalve pericarp, usually called a "pod."
  • The bean seed grows in a bivalve pod called a legume.
  • The soybean plant is called a legume because it produces a bivalve pod or fruit.

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