One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for bivalve
- ‘These two groups differ in that the branches of the ctenida are connected only by ciliary junctions in filibranchs whereas lamellibranchs have tissue connecting the branches of the ctenida.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Lamellibranchia (former class name), from Latin lamella (diminutive of lamina ‘thin plate’) + Greek brankhia ‘gills’.
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