from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mollusk, such as an oyster or a clam, that has a shell consisting of two hinged valves.
- adj. Having a shell consisting of two hinged valves.
- adj. Consisting of two similar separable parts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any mollusc belonging to the taxonomic class Bivalvia, characterized by a shell consisting of two hinged sections, such as a scallop, clam, mussel or oyster.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mollusk having a shell consisting of two lateral plates or valves joined together by an elastic ligament at the hinge, which is usually strengthened by prominences called teeth. The shell is closed by the contraction of two transverse muscles attached to the inner surface, as in the clam, -- or by one, as in the oyster. See Mollusca.
- n. A pericarp in which the seed case opens or splits into two parts or valves.
- adj. Having two shells or valves which open and shut, as the oyster and certain seed vessels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having two leaves or folding parts: as, a bivalve speculum.
- In zoology, having two shells united by a hinge.
- In botany, having two valves, as a seed-case.
- n. plural Folding doors.
- n. In zoology, a headless lamellibranch mollusk whose shell has two hinged valves, which are opened and shut by appropriate muscles: opposed to univalve.
- n. In botany, a pericarp in which the seed-case opens or splits into two parts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together
- adj. used of mollusks having two shells (as clams etc.)
Vibrio species, including human pathogens, are particularly abundant in bivalve tissues, where they can persist even after cleaning procedures, thus representing a potential risk for human health.
The oyster is described as a bivalve shell-fish, having the valves generally unequal.
The baby bivalve, which is part of the Limidae family, was swimming like a scallop by clapping its shells together when the photo was taken.
A sailor in search of _marteaux_, a very rare kind of bivalve mussel, was stung by a serpent.
The street-doors of the ancients were generally "bivalve," or "folding-doors."] [Footnote 7: Every spot of sorrow) -- Ver.
That simply affirms in my view that the people outraged over this have the intelligence of a bivalve.
For example, these bivalve shells, probably arks (Arcidae), each had a hole thru its umbo.
The other bivalve species I noticed, which was much less abundant than Corbicula, was the following native unionid.
While we don't want to take a side in the East Coast/West Coast bivalve smackdown, here's a short list of restaurants where you can enjoy the mollusk with the mythological aphrodisiac powers.
A heart-shaped bivalve or a garden flower. colporteur