American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various marine invertebrates of the phylum Brachiopoda, having bivalve dorsal and ventral shells enclosing a pair of tentacled, armlike structures that are used to sweep minute food particles into the mouth. Also called lampshell.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the Brachiopoda.
- Same as brachiopodous.
- n. Any of many marine invertebrates, of the phylum Brachiopoda, that have bivalve dorsal and ventral shells with two tentacle-bearing arms that capture food
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the Brachiopoda, or its shell.
- n. marine animal with bivalve shell having a pair of arms bearing tentacles for capturing food; found worldwide
- adj. of or belonging to the phylum Brachiopoda
- From brachio- + -pod. (Wiktionary)
- From New Latin Brāchiopoda, phylum name : Latin brācchium, arm; see brachium + New Latin -poda, -pod. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A brachiopod is an ocean creature that looks a little like a clam.”
“The name of the fossil rises from some corner of his brain: brachiopod.”
“My favourite living fossil is the brachiopod Lingula.”
“I can handle leaving vertebrates alone, archeological sites, etc. but when I find a nice brachiopod weathering out of the Percha Shale, the last thing I want is some federal employee telling me I must leave it there to be destroyed instead of adding it to my collection where I and my descendants could possibly appreciate.”
“My aunt came to Canada for a visit, and she picked up a Middle Ordovician brachiopod fossil off the trail and showed it to me.”
“On a trip in the Grand Canyon several years ago, a friend of mine named Alan Doty an Arizona resident who is an expert on the Grand Canyon showed me numerous fossils of brachiopod remains in a rock outcrop near the top of the Canyon.”
“Genera which are polymorphic in one country seem to be, with a few exceptions, polymorphic in other countries, and likewise, judging from brachiopod shells, at former periods of time.”
“We may instance Rubus, Rosa, and Hieracium amongst plants, several genera of and of brachiopod shells.”
“The two valves of the brachiopod shell are unequal in size, and in each valve a line drawn from the beak to the base divides the valve into two equal parts.”
“No fossils are more common in the limestones of the time than the small branching stems and lacelike mats of the bryozoans, -- the skeletons of colonies of a minute animal allied in structure to the brachiopod.”
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