Definition of pelecypod in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈlesəˌpäd/


Another term for bivalve.
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  • Fossils include foraminiferans, brachiopods, echinoids, pelecypods, cephalopods, shark teeth, fish vertebrae, as well as asteroids, gastropods, a pterosaur, a nodosaurid, and decapods.
  • Found along with the cephalopods are gastropods, pelecypods, echinoderms, and vertebrate bones.
  • The bulk of the collection is gastropods and pelecypods.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Pelecypoda (alternative class name), from Greek pelekus 'hatchet' + -podos 'footed'.

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Syllabification: pe·lec·y·pod

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