Definition of univalve in English:

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univalve

Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞onəˌvalv/
Zoology

adjective

Having one valve or shell.
Example sentences
  • In the earliest Cambrian, one lineage developed a bivalved mineralized shell (Fordilla and its relatives), the other an endogastric univalve shell (the Helcionellids).
  • Vetustovermis bears a number of morphological features that are found in Kimberella, which has been interpreted to have a non-mineralized but stiff univalve shell.

noun

another term for gastropod.
Example sentences
  • Thus, all rostroconches and some helcionellacean univalves technically become stem group bivalves.
  • Now explain how a univalve differs from a bivalve, in more ways than just the number of shells.
  • But who speaks out for the univalve and the bivalve?
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