from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of mollusk.
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- 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
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 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.
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.
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.
In the waters of Florida is a distinct curiosity in the form of an altogether different mollusc which is commonly known as the
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.
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).
A factor must surely be that by far the majority of mollusc species are aquatic (I am assuming again) and harder to study.
Those were the formative years of malacology when even the broadest classifications of most of the mollusc species were debatable.
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.