Definition of mollusk in English:

mollusk

(British mollusc)

Pronunciation /ˈmäləsk/ /ˈmɑləsk/

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noun

  • An invertebrate of a large phylum which includes snails, slugs, mussels, and octopuses. They have a soft unsegmented body and live in aquatic or damp habitats, and most kinds have an external calcareous shell.

    Phylum Mollusca: several classes, in particular Gastropoda, Bivalvia, and Cephalopoda

    ‘As gardeners already know, all other slugs and snails (or gastropod mollusks, to the experts) sport a soft and slimy foot.’
    • ‘The beach sands are dominated by shells of bivalve mollusks, mainly venerids, gastropods, and echinoderms.’
    • ‘Small fish and a variety of other aquatic creatures, including mollusks and crustaceans, make up the Pigeon Guillemot's diet.’
    • ‘Bacteria living in the intestinal glands of a wood-boring mollusk known as the shipworm provide the animal with as much as one-third of its nitrogen.’
    • ‘Densely vegetated ditches with temporary standing water can be an important habitat for freshwater molluscs.’

Origin

Late 18th century from modern Latin mollusca, neuter plural of Latin molluscus, from mollis ‘soft’.