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bivalve

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Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
A bivalve is a marine or freshwater mollusc with a shell composed of two valves. Bivalve may also refer to three communities in the United States: Bivalve, California Bivalve, Maryland Port Norris, New Jersey#Bivalve and Shell Pile

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bivalve \Bi"valve\, a. [Pref. bi- + valve.] (Zo["o]l. & Bot.) Having two shells or valves which open and shut, as the oyster and certain seed vessels.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1660s in reference to mollusks with double shells; 1670s in reference to shutters or doors; from bi- + valve . The noun is 1680s in the mollusk sense.

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
adj. used of mollusks having two shells (as clams etc.) [syn: bivalved ] [ant: univalve ]

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS ▪ In spite of their general conservatism the bivalves did produce some short-lived, bizarre forms with no living survivors. ▪ Most bivalve fossils are a few centimetres long; the ideal size for collecting. ▪ Of the two, the bivalve ...

Usage examples of bivalve.

It dangles, now, on a piece of green string: her slender index finger, reduced to bare bones but still undeniably elegant, the three phalanges from tip to the base knuckle, clinking against the little conch shells and miniature bivalve fans and trumpet shells and tiny spirals similar to the whorled homes of snails.

On these rocks, in the midst of slippery wrack, abounded bivalve shell-fish, not to be despised by starving people.

Clamshells and other bivalves, traded for, along with salt, from people who visited or lived near the sea, were used for smaller dishes, scoops, and the smallest ones for spoons.

He was particularly struck by the similarity between certain bivalves and the female pudenda.

Most roofs sported a fringe of small dish antennae, like split bivalves, to receive and broadcast via satellite.

Those succulent bivalves may help us and the truffles of Perigord, tubers dislodged through mister omnivorous porker, were unsurpassed in cases of nervous debility or viragitis.

In response, bivalves had learned to bury themselves deep in sediment, or had evolved spines and massive shells to deter attackers.

They went a few paces along a narrow corridor, down another, steeper flight of stairs, these set at a right angle to the corridor, then along a wider passage to a bivalve door of verdigris-covered bronze.

The ramp curved gradually to the left and, at the foot of it, was another bivalve bronze door.

I told her as I picked out a few pebbles and found the shell of a bivalve encrusted in the half-formed sandstone.

The casing looked to be some kind of bivalve shell, though none like Bass had ever seen.

It was just as well, though, to have actual proof that life was present rather than merely possible, and he was well satisfied to locate in the mud a number of small bivalve mollusks which, upon trial, proved quite edible.

There were trousers of buckskin fringed down each side, a shirt of buckskin, beaded and beautified by shell ornaments, a necklace of the bones of a rare fish, strung together like little beads on deer sinew, earrings of pink and green pearl from the inner part of the shells of a bivalve, neat moccasins, and solid silver, carven bracelets.

But then, after succumbing to the temptation, he would not have been faced with a soup plate full of water enlivened with a few fragments of weary ice among which floated, half submerged, four immature bivalves which had long ago decided that the struggle for existence was not worth it.

The multilegged gastropod, the immense dragonfly, the furry ice cube, the red jelly supported by its metal frame, the univalvular cephalopod, the kindly looking bivalve Nurb K’ohl Daq, the quasiarachnid, its chitinous shell gleaming, its many legs drumming .