One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having or designating gills attached to the side of the body; (of a crustacean) having pleurobranchs; (of a mollusc) belonging to the former order Pleurobranchiata of marine opisthobranchs.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings Lyceum Natural History New York. From pleuro- + -branchiate. With application to molluscs, compare scientific Latin Pleurobranchiata, former order name, Pleurobranchia, former group name, and French pleurobranche.
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