Definition of mollusc in English:
- Phylum Mollusca: several classes, in particular Gastropoda, Bivalvia, and Cephalopoda
- As gardeners already know, all other slugs and snails (or gastropod mollusks, to the experts) sport a soft and slimy foot.
- The beach sands are dominated by shells of bivalve mollusks, mainly venerids, gastropods, and echinoderms.
- Small fish and a variety of other aquatic creatures, including mollusks and crustaceans, make up the Pigeon Guillemot's diet.
- Example sentences
- The adaptations of gastropods for drilling molluscan prey also increased during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic.
- Four new molluscan species, a bivalve and three gastropods, are named from shallow-marine, lower Upper Cretaceous strata in Oregon.
- Despite their antiquity, living terebratulids are advanced organisms, able to out-perform molluscan bivalves in filter feeding efficiency under certain conditions.
Most molluscs have hard shells, but they need these because they are so soft underneath, which gives them their name, from Latin mollis ‘soft’. This also lies behind mollify (Late Middle English) originally to make soft, emollient (mid 17th century), and share an Indo-European root with Germanic melt (Old English) and mild (Old English).
- US English dictionary
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