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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mollusk mean? 

MOLLUSK (noun)
  The noun MOLLUSK has 1 sense:

1. invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell

  Familiarity information: MOLLUSK used as a noun is very rare.

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MOLLUSK (noun)

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Invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell

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Nouns denoting animals


mollusc; mollusk; shellfish

Hypernyms ("mollusk" is a kind of...):

invertebrate (any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification)

Meronyms (parts of "mollusk"):

carapace; cuticle; shell; shield (hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles)

shellfish (meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mollusk"):

scaphopod (burrowing marine mollusk)

gastropod; univalve (a class of mollusks typically having a one-piece coiled shell and flattened muscular foot with a head bearing stalked eyes)

chiton; coat-of-mail shell; polyplacophore; sea cradle (primitive elongated bilaterally symmetrical marine mollusk having a mantle covered with eight calcareous plates)

bivalve; lamellibranch; pelecypod (marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together)

cephalopod; cephalopod mollusk (marine mollusk characterized by well-developed head and eyes and sucker-bearing tentacles)

Holonyms ("mollusk" is a member of...):

Mollusca; phylum Mollusca (gastropods; bivalves; cephalopods; chitons)

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