mollusc

Definitions

  • A group of marine Pacific Coast molluscs
    A group of marine Pacific Coast molluscs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mollusc invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mollusc (Zoöl) Same as Mollusk.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mollusc See mollusk.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mollusc mol′usk one of the Mollusca, a large division of invertebrate animals—bivalves or Lamellibranchs, snails or Gasteropods, and cuttlefish or Cephalopods
    • ***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. molluscus, softish—mollis, soft.

Usage

In literature:

Let us place side by side the eye of a vertebrate and that of a mollusc such as the common Pecten.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
The United States produces small amounts of sapphires (in Montana) and pearls (from fresh-water molluscs).
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
He too feeds on land molluscs.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
There are two principal types of molluscs which yield true pearls in commercial quantities.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
The numerous fishes of the period seem to have inhabited a sea little more various in its vegetation than in its molluscs.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
Nor are Molluscs much more abundant.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
In calm or gentle breezes, it is well to have ready a gauze net to seize the sea molluscs, whose number is considerable.
"Movement of the International Literary Exchanges, between France and North America from January 1845 to May, 1846" by Various
A Mollusc, in growing, makes his house grow with him.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
But I can't understand how a fine gentleman like you can care to talk to one of those molluscs.
"The Pond" by Carl Ewald
His creature lived as many mollusc men never live.
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Molluscous animals which form holes in the solid rocks in which they lodge themselves.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
It is not less real in the mollusc than in the man.
"The Speech of Monkeys" by R. L. Garner
The oyster-bed among the rocks was frequently renewed, and furnished excellent molluscs.
"Abandoned" by Jules Verne
Her nature, peaceful as that of a mollusc, was kind and had but one outstanding feature; her passionate devotion to her son Jack.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
He was no longer content to remain in this aquarium, stuck like a mollusc to the side of the tank.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
It is one of the many useful food molluscs we have.
"Beautiful Shells of New Zealand" by E. G. B. Moss
Louise gone, Mr Leslie found bleeding, Mr Vine sitting alone in his room busy over the molluscs in his aquaria!
"Of High Descent" by George Manville Fenn
We were too hungry to wait, so we sat down to our mollusc meal.
"The Perils and Adventures of Harry Skipwith" by W.H.G. Kingston
The primeval mollusc indeed saved itself from injury by its protective shell, and its descendants are molluscs to this day.
"A Short History of English Liberalism" by Walter Lyon Blease
There are many kinds of these parasitic crustaceans infesting fishes, whales, molluscs, and worms.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
***

In news:

The mollusc also predicted Germany would beat Uruguay in the consolation contest.
A paleontologist says that the arrangement of and markings on bones of giant sea creatures in a Nevada desert indicates that they were devoured by a giant mollusc.
Octopuses are cephalopods and molluscs.
***

In science:

Transition from ciliary to flapping mode in a swimming mollusc: Flapping flight as a bifurcation in Reω . J.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
***