Saxicavous
Saxicavous Sax`i*ca"vous, a. [L. saxum rock + cavare to make hollow, fr. cavus hollow: cf. F. saxicave.] (Zo["o]l.) Boring, or hollowing out, rocks; -- said of certain mollusks which live in holes which they burrow in rocks. See Illust. of {Lithodomus}. [1913 Webster]

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  • saxicavous — adj. [L. saxum, rock; cavus, hollow] Said of rockboring mollusks …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • saxicavous — sax·i·ca·vous …   English syllables

  • saxicavous — |saksē|kāvəs adjective Etymology: New Latin saxicavus, from saxi + cavus (from Latin cavare to make hollow) more at excavate : boring in rock used especially of a mollusk; compare lithophagous …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saxicava — Sax i*ca va, n.; pl. E. {saxicavas}, L. {Saxicav[ae]}. [NL. See {Saxicavous}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of marine bivalve shells of the genus {Saxicava}. Some of the species are noted for their power of boring holes in limestone and similar rocks.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saxicavae — Saxicava Sax i*ca va, n.; pl. E. {saxicavas}, L. {Saxicav[ae]}. [NL. See {Saxicavous}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of marine bivalve shells of the genus {Saxicava}. Some of the species are noted for their power of boring holes in limestone and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • saxicavas — Saxicava Sax i*ca va, n.; pl. E. {saxicavas}, L. {Saxicav[ae]}. [NL. See {Saxicavous}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of marine bivalve shells of the genus {Saxicava}. Some of the species are noted for their power of boring holes in limestone and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • saxatile —   a. pertaining to or living in rocks.    ♦ saxicavous, a. boring into rocks.    ♦ saxicole,    ♦ saxicoline,    ♦ saxigenous a. growing in rocks.    ♦ saxifrage, n. kind of rock plant.    ♦ saxifragous, a. breaking stone …   Dictionary of difficult words

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