Definition of Brachiopoda

1. Noun. Marine invertebrates that resemble mollusks.

Exact synonyms: Phylum Brachiopoda
Group relationships: Animal Kingdom, Animalia, Kingdom Animalia
Member holonyms: Brachiopod, Lamp Shell, Lampshell
Generic synonyms: Phylum
Derivative terms: Brachiopodous

Definition of Brachiopoda

1. n. A class of Molluscoidea having a symmetrical bivalve shell, often attached by a fleshy peduncle.

Medical Definition of Brachiopoda

1. A class of Molluscoidea having a symmetrical bivalve shell, often attached by a fleshy peduncle. Within the shell is a pair of "arms," often long and spirally coiled, bearing rows of ciliated tentacles by which a current of water is made to flow into the mantle cavity, bringing the microscopic food to the mouth between the bases of the arms. The shell is both opened and closed by special muscles. They form two orders; Lyopoma, in which the shell is thin, and without a distinct hinge, as in Lingula; and Arthropoma, in which the firm calcareous shell has a regular hinge, as in Rhynchonella. See Arthropomata. Origin: NL, from Gr. Arm + -poda. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Brachiopoda

brachiocephalic arteritis
brachiocephalic muscle
brachiocephalic trunk
brachiocephalic vein
brachiocephalic veins
brachioradial muscle
brachioradial reflex

Literary usage of Brachiopoda

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Although the greater number of zoologists have admitted the close connection existing between the Polyzoa and Brachiopoda, considerable doubt has been ..."

2. The Cambridge Natural History by Sidney Frederick Harmer, Arthur Everett Shipley (1895)
"The amount of interest that the group in question has excited amongst naturalists is evinced by the invaluable Bibliography of Brachiopoda, prepared by the ..."

3. The American Geologist by Newton Horace Winchell (1893)
"VIII, Part I, Brachiopoda,* by James Hall, assisted by John M. Clarke.has recently ... "An Introduction to the Study of the Genera of Paleozoic Brachiopoda. ..."

4. The Primary Factors of Organic Evolution by Edward Drinker Cope (1896)
"PARALLELISM IN THE Brachiopoda. For the following abstract I am indebted to ... The parallelism between the ontogeny and phylogeny in the Brachiopoda has ..."

5. College zoology by Robert William Hegner (1918)
"Brachiopoda The Brachiopoda (Gr. ... (of the group Brachiopoda). A, dorsal aspect of shell. B, shell as seen from the left side, b, beak; ..."

6. A treatise on comparative embryology by Francis Maitland Balfour (1880)
"The view of Morse, that the Brachiopoda are degraded ... "Development of the Brachiopoda." Protocol of the First Session of the United Sections of Anatomy, ..."

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