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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Bivalve \Bi"valve\, n. [F. bivalve; bi- (L. bis) + valve valve.]
(Zo["o]l.) A mollusk having a shell consisting of two lateral plates or valves joined together by an elastic ligament at the hinge, which is usually strengthened by prominences called teeth. The shell is closed by the contraction of two transverse muscles attached to the inner surface, as in the clam, -- or by one, as in the oyster. See Mollusca.
(Bot.) A pericarp in which the seed case opens or splits into two parts or valves.
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
n. 1 Any mollusc belonging to the taxonomic class Bivalvia, characterized by a shell consisting of two hinged sections, such as a scallop, clam, mussel or oyster. 2 (context botany English) A pericarp in which the seed case opens or splits into two parts or valves.
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
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 .