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- A mollusc whose shell has two hinged sections, such as a scallop, clam or oyster.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Bi"valve (&?;), n. [F. bivalve; bi-
(L. bis) + valve valve.] 1.
(Zoöl.) 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
2. (Bot.) A pericarp in which the seed case
opens or splits into two parts or valves.
Bi"valve (&?;), a. [Pref. bi- +
valve.] (Zoöl. & Bot.) Having two shells or valves
which open and shut, as the oyster and certain seed vessels.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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