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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Brachiopoda, or its shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the Brachiopoda.
  • Same as brachiopodous.

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

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

From New Latin Brāchiopoda, phylum name : Latin brācchium, arm; see brachium + New Latin -poda, -pod.

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From brachio- + -pod.


  • A brachiopod is an ocean creature that looks a little like a clam.

    The Source

  • The name of the fossil rises from some corner of his brain: brachiopod.

    Memory Wall

  • 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.

    Hope for the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act!

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • 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.

    The Source

  • 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.

    II. Variation under Nature. Individual Differences

  • We may instance Rubus, Rosa, and Hieracium amongst plants, several genera of and of brachiopod shells.

    II. Variation under Nature. Individual Differences

  • 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.

    The Elements of Geology

  • 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.

    The Elements of Geology


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