mollusk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mollusk invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens. A smaller museum in Sanibel, Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
    • n Mollusk (Zoöl) One of the Mollusca.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mollusk A soft-bodied animal, usually with an external shell; a member of the Mollusca in any sense. See Mollusca.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mollusk one of the Mollusca, a large division of invertebrate animals—bivalves or Lamellibranchs, snails or Gasteropods, and cuttlefish or Cephalopods
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mollusque, L. mollusca, a kind of soft nut with a thin shell, fr. molluscus, soft, mollis, soft. See Mollify
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. molluscus, softish—mollis, soft.

Usage

In literature:

You can not make a mollusk aspire.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The favorite food of this fish is Onchidium, a naked mollusk.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
If Tartlet complains, it is because he does not like mollusks!
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
Though omnivorous, this bird lives chiefly on reptiles and mollusks.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
I'm being something more than a mere mollusk.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
The mollusk of Canada Pliocene clay has undergone no change since its first appearance upon our globe.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume 1, January, 1880" by Various
In the dregs of the Cup lay the potential power to cast off his present life as a mollusk leaves his shell, and as completely forget it.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
Its principal food consists of a small marine mollusk, about an inch and a half long.
"Harper's Young People, April 6, 1880" by Various
Eggs of Freshwater mollusks.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
The pearl-oyster is a large mollusk, the shell weighing sometimes as much as eight pounds.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Maturin M. Ballou
It does not occur in non-luminous parts of the mollusk.
"The Nature of Animal Light" by E. Newton Harvey
Shrimps, small fish, lobsters, various mollusks, and medusae form his diet.
"The Swiss Family Robinson" by Jean Rudolph Wyss
What characters are common to all mollusks?
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
The gathering of these mollusks offered a precious resource to the besieged, but it was as perilous as battle itself.
"The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer" by Eugène Sue
Many mollusks, as the barnacle and mussel, are eaten by fishes.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
It feeds on shrimps and other small crustaceans and small mollusks.
"Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others" by James Alexander Henshall
These fresh water shells were probably secured from the river near by, where such mollusks now live.
"The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley" by Harlan Ingersoll Smith
The seashells, both brachiopods and mollusks, are in some respects the most important to the geologist of all fossils.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
REPTILES, MOLLUSKS, AND INSECTS.
"The Book of the Aquarium and Water Cabinet" by Shirley Hibberd
The Mollusks, however, remain as a large group, in which we as yet know very little as to the formation of the mesoblast.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
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In news:

The federal government is giving endangered species protection to the black abalone , a Pacific Coast mollusk that is being pushed to extinction by overfishing, disease and changing ocean conditions.
Sometimes a festival starts with just a mollusk and a dream.
Alarmed by the arrival of zebra mussels at the doorstep of New York's reservoirs, the city is acting to prevent the mollusks from infiltrating its drinking water.
Though not unheard of on the beaches of Southwest Florida, these deep-water mollusks only turn up rarely.
Jon and Nick host Mollusk Live on July's First Friday installment of the Starlight Collective of the Outsight World.
Twenty-five contestants, who are sponsored by island businesses, will be ready to consume as many mollusks as they can in one minute while helping to raise funds for The.
Shell Museum's Oyster Eating Contest promises mollusk -munching mayhem.
The percentage of the population that depends on mollusks for their protein.
Two months later, the invasive mollusks were discovered in Lake Ray Roberts and below the Ray Roberts dam, in the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.
Asian tiger prawns have voracious appetites, and feed on crabs, mollusks and smaller shrimp.
An outbreak of the invasive aquatic mollusks is worsening in the upper Great Lakes where the population has tripled in the last three years as the species adapts to colder, deeper waters.
Prehistoric "Movie Monster" Mollusk Re-created With 3-D Printer.
Researchers hope mollusk-munching redear sunfish can solve pest problem in valley's main water source.
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world.
The tiny mollusk was not yet well established when it was discovered.
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