from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the pelecypod mollusks, an internal part of the ligament, lamellar in structure and composed of horny fibers, with a considerable intermixture of lime which may aggregate and form an accessory shelly plate (ossiculum or lithodesma). The resilium acts as a plug against which the valves, when closed, are brought into opposition, and its tendency therefore is to push the valves asunder.


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