or mollusc noun Etymology: French mollusque, from New Latin Mollusca, from Latin, neuter plural of molluscus thin-shelled (of a nut), from mollis Date: 1783 any of a large phylum (Mollusca) of invertebrate animals (as snails, clams, or squids) with a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a calcareous shell; broadly shellfishmolluscan also molluskan adjective

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  • Mollusk — Mol lusk, n. [F. mollusque, L. mollusca a kind of soft nut with a thin shell, fr. molluscus soft, mollis soft. See {Mollify}.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Mollusca. [Written also {mollusc}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mollusk — (n.) 1783, mollusque (modern spelling from 1839), from Fr. mollusque, from Mod.L. Mollusca (see MOLLUSCA (Cf. Mollusca)), the phylum name. Related: Molluscuous; molluscan …   Etymology dictionary

  • mollusk — [mäl′əsk] n. [Fr mollusque < ModL Mollusca, coined by CUVIER Baron Georges (Léopold Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert) < L mollusca, a soft shelled nut < molluscus, soft < mollis: see MOLLIFY] any of a large phylum (Mollusca) of invertebrate …   English World dictionary

  • mollusk — molluskan, molluscan /meuh lus keuhn/, adj., n. mollusklike, adj. /mol euhsk/, n. any invertebrate of the phylum Mollusca, typically having a calcareous shell of one, two, or more pieces that wholly or partly enclose the soft, unsegmented body,… …   Universalium

  • mollusk — noun invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell • Syn: ↑mollusc, ↑shellfish • Hypernyms: ↑invertebrate • Hyponyms: ↑scaphopod, ↑gastropod, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mollusk — Weichtiere Nautilus Systematik Unterreich: Vielzellige Tiere (Metazoa) Abteilung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • mollusk — Common name for members of the phylum Mollusca, although usually restricted to the gastropods and bivalves. SYN: mollusc. * * * mol·lusk or mol·lusc mäl əsk n any invertebrate animal of the phylum Mollusca mol·lus·can also mol·lus·kan mə les kən …   Medical dictionary

  • mollusk — mol|lusk [ maləsk ] noun count a type of animal that has a soft body without bones, usually covered by a hard shell …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mollusk — mol·lusk || mÉ‘lÉ™sk / mÉ’ n. invertebrate animal with a soft body and a hard shell (i.e. oysters, mussels, snails, cuttlefish, etc.), mollusc …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mollusk — mol·lusk …   English syllables

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