Crossword clues for univalve
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Univalve \U"ni*valve\, Univalved \U"ni*valved\, a. [Cf. F. univalve.] (Bot. & Zo["o]l.) Having one valve; as, a univalve shell or pericarp.
Univalve \U"ni*valve\, n. [Uni- + valve: cf. F. univalve.] (Zo["o]l.) A shell consisting of one valve only; a mollusk whose shell is composed of a single piece, as the snails and conchs.
Note: Most univalves are spiral and are the shells of gastropods, but many belong to cephalopods and pteropods. A large number of univalves belonging to the gastropods are conical, cup-shaped, or shieldlike, as the limpets.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a. 1 having one valve, typically used to refer to mollusks, notably slugs and snails. 2 consisting of a single valve or piece, used to refer to a shell. n. A univalve mollusk or its shell.
Usage examples of "univalve".
The precious beads of shell, turkois, coral, or black stone, varied occasionally with small univalves from the ocean, are bound over all with a cotton cord.