Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of mollusk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soft-bodied invertebrate of the phylum Mollusca, typically with a hard shell of one or more pieces.
  • n. A weak-willed person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as mollusk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See mollusk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell

Etymologies

From French mollusque, from New Latin Mollusca (phylum name), from Latin molluscus ("thin-shelled"), from mollis ("soft"); see Proto-Indo-European *mel-. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    My Tropic Isle

  • The embryo of a Vertebrate might at a certain stage of development, be called a mollusc, if for instance, it had the heart of a mollusc.

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology

  • Having written a piece about the 'mollusc' otherwise known as the Wales Millennium Centre I thought that it was only fair to allow my non-Cardiff based readers to see what their taxpayers money has been spent on.

    Golden Domes

  • In the waters of Florida is a distinct curiosity in the form of an altogether different mollusc which is commonly known as the “bleeding-tooth shell,” the gory stains about the base of the tooth being highly significant.

    Tropic Days

  • In the waters of Florida is a distinct curiosity in the form of an altogether different mollusc which is commonly known as the

    Tropic Days

  • Though they might superficially look like just another kind of mollusc, brachiopods belonged to an entirely different phylum, one that flourished during the past but has been reduced to just a handful of species today.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • The New Zealand mud snail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) is a lake-dwelling mollusc whose females can be either sexually reproducing (requiring male 'input' for successful embryo production), or asexually reproducing (clonally reproducing without sexual activity).

    Carin Bondar: No Eggs? No Problem!

  • A factor must surely be that by far the majority of mollusc species are aquatic (I am assuming again) and harder to study.

    Where are all the malacologists?

  • Those were the formative years of malacology when even the broadest classifications of most of the mollusc species were debatable.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • I mean, if someone devotes their life to studying an obscure mollusc rather than campaigning for better housing, presumably it's because they feel the world is mostly OK as it is.

    Liberal bias: science writing's elephant in the room?

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  • The scientific celebrities, forgetting their molluscs and glacial periods, gossiped about art, while devoting themselves to oysters and ices with characteristic energy....
    --Louisa May Alcott, 1868, Little Women

    November 9, 2007