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Adjective: bivalve  'bI,valv
  1. (zoology) used of mollusks having two shells (as clams etc.)
    - bivalved
Noun: bivalve  'bI,valv
  1. Marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together
    - pelecypod, lamellibranch

Derived forms: bivalves

See also: lamellibranch, pelecypod, pelecypodous

Type of: mollusc, mollusk, shellfish

Antonym: univalve

Part of: Bivalvia, class Bivalvia, class Lamellibranchia, class Pelecypoda, Lamellibranchia

Encyclopedia: Bivalve, Maryland