brachiopod (n.) "bivalve mollusk," 1836, Modern Latin, from Gk. brakhion "arm" (see BRACHIO- (Cf. brachio-)) + pous "foot" (see FOOT (Cf. foot)). They have long spiral "arms" on either side of their mouths.

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  • Brachiopod — Brach i*o*pod, n. [Cf.F. brachiopode.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Brachiopoda, or its shell. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brachiopod — [brā′kē ō päd΄, brak′ēō päd΄] n. [< ModL < BRACHIO + POD] any of a phylum (Brachiopoda) of marine animals with hinged upper and lower shells enclosing two armlike parts with tentacles that are used for guiding minute food particles to the… …   English World dictionary

  • Brachiopod — Taxobox name = Brachiopoda fossil range = Cambrian Recent image width = 250px image caption = Living brachiopods regnum = Animalia phylum = Brachiopoda phylum authority = Duméril, 1806 subdivision ranks = Subphyla and classes subdivision = See… …   Wikipedia

  • brachiopod — noun Etymology: ultimately from Latin bracchium + Greek pod , pous foot more at foot Date: 1836 any of a phylum (Brachiopoda) of marine invertebrates with bivalve shells within which is a pair of arms bearing tentacles by which a current of water …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brachiopod — /bray kee euh pod , brak ee /, n. 1. any mollusklike, marine animal of the phylum Brachiopoda, having a dorsal and ventral shell; a lamp shell. adj. 2. Also, brachiopodous /bray kee op euh deuhs, brak ee/. belonging or pertaining to the… …   Universalium

  • brachiopod — noun /ˈbɹækɪəˌpɒd/ Any of many marine invertebrates, of the phylum Brachiopoda, that have bivalve dorsal and ventral shells with two tentacle bearing arms that capture food Syn: lampshell …   Wiktionary

  • brachiopod — n. marine invertebrate animal that has hinged shells that close in on tentacles …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brachiopod — [ brakɪə(ʊ)pɒd] noun Zoology a marine invertebrate of the phylum Brachiopoda, which comprises the lamp shells. Origin from mod. L. Brachiopoda, from Gk brakhiōn arm + pous, pod foot …   English new terms dictionary

  • brachiopod — brach·i·o·pod …   English syllables

  • brachiopod — bra•chi•o•pod [[t]ˈbreɪ ki əˌpɒd, ˈbræk i [/t]] n. ivt any superficially clamlike marine animal of the phylum Brachiopoda, having unequal dorsal and ventral shells enclosing a pair of ciliated food gathering appendages • Etymology: 1830–40; <… …   From formal English to slang

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