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Common name for members of the phylum Mollusca, although usually restricted to the gastropods and bivalves.
Synonym(s): mollusc




Any of numerous chiefly marine invertebrates of the phylum Mollusca, typically having a soft unsegmented body, a mantle, and a protective calcareous shell, and including the snails, clams, and squids.

mol·lus′cous (mə-lŭs′kəs) adj.


, mollusc (mŏl′ŭsk)
Any member of the phylum Mollusca.
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As if my lowly mollusk could wear so exalted a mantle as her pontifex pallium.