One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of molluscs which includes the limpets, abalones, and many terrestrial and aquatic snails. They all have a shell, and many have an operculum.
- ‘In the traditional classification system, the class Gastropoda has been divided into three subclasses, Prosobranchia, Pulmonata, and Opisthobranchia.’
- ‘Gastropods were traditionally classified into three main subclasses, Prosobranchia, Pulmonata, and Opisthobranchia.’
- ‘He therefore placed the bellerophontids in the ‘Prosobranchia’.’
- ‘They share certain basic characteristics with the Prosobranchia, but they are placed with the Opisthobranchia because there is a smoother transition from the Cephalaspidea to the other opisthobranch orders.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek prosō ‘forwards’ + brankhia ‘gills’.
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