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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A mollusc past the initial stages of growth increases in size without significantly changing the orientation and relative proportions of its organs.
▪ I pictured my navel, soft and curled like a mollusc.
▪ It is a small mollusc, the size of a mussel, that starts life as a tiny free-swimming speck of jelly.
▪ The fossil record is silent on this transition, but the earlier stages of mollusc evolution are becoming clear.
▪ The typical life cycle is indirect, and the intermediate host is usually a mollusc.
▪ There are two types of mollusc that are actively venomous: the cone shells and the blue-ringed octopus.
▪ This humble mollusc can be unreservedly recommended as it is hardy and lives exclusively on algae.
▪ This symmetry is required basically for optimum structural strength and to suitably accommodate the mollusc it protects.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mollusk \Mol"lusk\, n. [F. mollusque, L. mollusca a kind of soft nut with a thin shell, fr. molluscus soft, mollis soft. See Mollify.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the Mollusca. [Written also mollusc.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

see mollusk.


n. 1 A soft-bodied invertebrate of the phylum Mollusca, typically with a hard shell of one or more pieces. 2 (context figuratively English) A weak-willed person.


n. invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell [syn: mollusk, shellfish]

Usage examples of "mollusc".

Molluscs and crustaceans were collected for ladles, spoons, bowls, and cups, as well as for their succulent morsels.

Pliocene period, a warm sea washed the southern slopes of the Alps, depositing layers of coral and molluscs.

Millions of years ago, during the Pliocene period, a warm sea washed the southern slopes of the Alps, depositing layers of coral and molluscs.

However, to these molluscs, the lad added some edible sea-weed, which he gathered on high rocks, whose sides were only washed by the sea at the time of high tides.

The oyster-bed among the rocks was frequently renewed and furnished excellent molluscs.

He may also inspect with profit the handicraft of a lowly mollusc which agglutinates sand-grains into a kind of plaque, in the substance of which numerous eggs are deposited.

In the 1930s and 1940s research on one large mollusc, the squid, revealed that it had truly giant nerve axons, which could be dissected out individually and were big enough to insert electrodes into.

These molluscs were of excellent quality, and the colonists consumed some daily.

In some of the baskets and hanging from pegs were carved ivory armbands and bracelets, and necklaces of animal teeth, freshwater mollusc shells, seashells, cylindrical lime tubes, natural and colored ivory beads and pendants, and prominent among them, amber.

Quite independent of their host for existence, these molluscs are not to be stigmatised as parasites, though the individual spur to which each is attached is invariably destroyed by the union, merely sufficient remaining for the support of the intruder.

It becomes a club-footed cripple, its feet adherent by agglutination or fusion to a rock or other and larger mollusc, dead or alive.

It was the National Guard Armory, rented for the night at dis-count price, a slow season, and in the cavernous smoke-filled gallery fresh-groomed men sat attentive in rows of seats, their faces indis-tinct as dream-faces, their eyes vague and soft as molluscs focused on Babygirl, fingers fat as cigars poking in their crotches, genitalia heavy as giant purplish-ripe figs straining at the fabric of their trou-sers.

In each case the mollusc is a loose fit in its burrow, having ample room for rotation, but the aperture of the latter is what is known as a cassinian oval, and generally projects slightly above the surface of the coral.

The writing was in a system of hieroglyphics unknown to me, and unlike anything I had ever seen in books, consisting for the most part of conventionalised aquatic symbols such as fishes, eels, octopi, crustaceans, molluscs, whales and the like.

The record of other flurrying was written already on the hard sand: gouges and claw-marks and empty broken shells, where hungry herring gulls at dawn had seized any mollusc a fraction too slow at burrowing out of reach.