One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A prosobranch gastropod of the order Mesogastropoda, comprising chiefly marine molluscs which possess only one monopectinate gill, auricle, and nephridium, and a radula with seven teeth in a transverse row.
1950s; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From scientific Latin Mesogastropoda, order name from meso- + Gastropoda.
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