Adjective "bivalve" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An aquatic mollusc which has a compressed body enclosed within a hinged shell, such as oysters, mussels, and scallops.
  1. 'Both species of crayfish readily ate native bivalves.'
  2. 'Many bivalves and brachiopods possess multilayered shells.'
  3. 'A bivalve closes its shells by contracting its powerful adductor muscles.'
  4. 'Mussels, like other bivalves, obtain all their nutrients - including iron - by filtering them from the water.'
  5. 'Many bivalves (such as clams or oysters) are used as food in places all over the world.'
  6. 'Many modern gastropods and bivalves respond to increased temperature by increasing both shell and soft tissue growth rates.'
  7. 'Despite their unusual features, it is generally believed that the closest relatives of scaphopods are the bivalves.'
  8. 'Notable is the relative rarity of bivalves and gastropods, consistent with a deeper water environment.'
  9. 'As in most bivalves, the shell is composed of three layers: the periostracum, the prismatic layer, and the nacre.'
  10. 'Freshwater bivalves, snails, and branchiopod Crustacea were common.'


(of a mollusc or other aquatic invertebrate) having a hinged double shell.
  1. 'Sea urchins, like bivalve molluscs, are cosmopolitan in their distribution and by selecting a range of species a regular supply of gametes can be obtained for laboratory testing purposes.'
  2. 'The only bivalve group having comparable hinge features is the Philobryidae (Arcoida, Limopsoidea).'
  3. 'Many suspension-feeding marine bivalve molluscs live in variable environments such as estuaries and shallow coastal waters.'
  4. 'In many bivalve shells, growth lines become closely spaced in the late growth stage, accompanied by prominent shell inflation and thickening of the shell.'
  5. 'The smaller waders will feed on the bivalve molluscs and the little worms and that that are actually in the mud and sand.'
  6. 'Other species take refuge in a protective structure surrounding their body, such as polychaete tubeworms, caddis fly larvae, gastropod and bivalve mollusks, hermit crabs, barnacles, turtles, and armadillos.'
  7. 'In bivalve molluscs, growth rate of the shell tends to decelerate with growth and the shell generally becomes more inflated in the late growth stage.'
  8. 'One of these is the bivalves (sometimes called pelecypods or lamellibranchs), an important group of bivalved molluscs familiar to all from the numerous shells that litter beaches.'
  9. 'This makes brachiopods look superficially like bivalved molluscs (clams, oysters, etc.)'
  10. 'However, as early as 1923 Collip reported finding insulin-like activity in a bivalve mollusc, Mya arenaria.'
Having two valves.
  1. 'The soybean plant is called a legume because it produces a bivalve pod or fruit.'

More definitions

1. Also called lamellibranch. Zoology. any mollusk, as the oyster, clam, scallop, or mussel, of the class Bivalvia, having two shells hinged together, a soft body, and lamellate gills. adjective

2. Botany. having two valves, as a seedcase.

3. Zoology. having two shells, usually united by a hinge.

4. having two similar parts hinged together.

More examples(as adjective)

"molluscs can be bivalve."

"shellfishs can be bivalve."

"populations can be bivalve."

"fossils can be bivalve."

"differences can be bivalve."

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