Conchifera

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Conchifera (Zoöl) That class of Mollusca which includes the bivalve shells; the Lamellibranchiata. See Mollusca.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • conchifera In Lamarck's system of classification, headless mollusks with bivalve shells: a loose synonym of Lamellibranchiata, but including the brachiopods, which are now placed in a different class.
    • conchifera Disencumbered of the brachiopods, the Conchifera correspond to the Acephala testacea of Cuvier, or to the Lamellibranchiata of De Blainville and modern naturalists. Also called Conchophora, Acephala, Endocephala, Lipoccphala, and Pelecypoda.
    • conchifera In Gegenbaur's system of classification, one of two primary divisions of the Mollusca; the Mollusca of authors in general, exclusive of the Placophora or chitons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Conchifera a term applied by Lamarck to bivalve molluscs and to very different Brachiopods
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. L. concha, + ferre, to bear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. concha—Gr. kongchē; Sans. cankha, a shell; conn. with Cockle.

Usage

In literature:

Description of the CIRRHIPEDA, CONCHIFERA, and MOLLUSCA, in a Collection formed by the Officers of H.M.S.
"Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836" by Robert FitzRoy
The Brachiopoda are still interposed between the Conchifera and Gasteropoda.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
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