One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or designating members of the molluscan superfamily Placobranchoidea (also called Elysioidea, and included in the order Sacoglossa), comprising slug-like marine opisthobranch gastropods having plate-like gills covering the upper surface of the mantle.
A mollusc of the superfamily Placobranchoidea.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Placobranchus + -oid. In later use after scientific Latin Placobranchoidea, superfamily name.
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