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bi•valve



Pronunciation: (bī'valv"), [key]
n.
Also called lamellibranch. Zool.any mollusk, as the oyster, clam, scallop, or mussel, of the class Bivalvia, having two shells hinged together, a soft body, and lamellate gills.

adj.
1. Bot.having two valves, as a seedcase.
2. Zool.having two shells, usually united by a hinge.
3. having two similar parts hinged together.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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