Definition of pelecypod in English:

pelecypod

noun

  • another term for bivalve
    • ‘Found along with the cephalopods are gastropods, pelecypods, echinoderms, and vertebrate bones.’
    • ‘The bulk of the collection is gastropods and pelecypods.’
    • ‘Fossils include foraminiferans, brachiopods, echinoids, pelecypods, cephalopods, shark teeth, fish vertebrae, as well as asteroids, gastropods, a pterosaur, a nodosaurid, and decapods.’
    • ‘Fish scales or whole fish, spirorbids, myalinid pelecypods, and conchostracans are intermixed with plant remains at all three sites.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin Pelecypoda (alternative class name), from Greek pelekus ‘hatchet’ + -podos ‘footed’.

Pronunciation

pelecypod

/pəˈlesəˌpäd/