Definition of Brachiopod

1. Noun. Marine animal with bivalve shell having a pair of arms bearing tentacles for capturing food; found worldwide.

Exact synonyms: Lamp Shell, Lampshell
Generic synonyms: Invertebrate
Group relationships: Brachiopoda, Phylum Brachiopoda

2. Adjective. Of or belonging to the phylum Brachiopoda.
Exact synonyms: Brachiopodous
Partainyms: Phylum Brachiopoda, Phylum Brachiopoda
Derivative terms: Brachiopoda

Definition of Brachiopod

1. n. One of the Brachiopoda, or its shell.

Definition of Brachiopod

1. Noun. Any of many marine invertebrates, of the phylum ''Brachiopoda'', that have bivalve dorsal and ventral shells with two tentacle-bearing arms that capture food ¹

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Medical Definition of Brachiopod

1. A phylum of invertebrate animals often grouped with two other phyla under the name Lophophorates. General characteristics include: a pair of protective shells (giving them a superficial resemblance to the bivalves - i.e. Clams), a stalk protruding from the rear called a pedicle which anchors the animal to the sea floor, and a lophophore (a ridge with many tiny tentacles on it, used to catch food particles floating by). Brachiopod shells come in many different shapes and sizes. Brachiopods were extremely abundant during the Paleozoic era (both in terms of numbers of individuals and numbers of species), but were practically wiped out around 300 million years ago during the Permian mass extinction.Compare gastropod (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Brachiopod

brachiocephalic arteritis
brachiocephalic muscle
brachiocephalic trunk
brachiocephalic vein
brachiocephalic veins
brachiopod (current term)
brachioradial muscle
brachioradial reflex

Literary usage of Brachiopod

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1. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1902)
"THE EMBRYOLOGY OF A brachiopod, ... writers have as yet attempted to deal with the entire embryology of a brachiopod, and both of these studies were made ..."

2. Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1871)
"Diagram of the Relations of the Univalve to the Bivalve, and of this to the brachiopod. By JW SALTER, ALS, FGS, Associate of the Imperial Bohemian Museum, ..."

3. Aids in Practical Geology by Grenville Arthur James Cole (1902)
"... varies considerably; in this example the pitted supports of avicularia at each side of the base of the aperture are clearly seen. Fig. 59.—brachiopod ..."

4. Our Common British Fossils and where to Find Them: A Handbook for Students by John Ellor Taylor (1885)
"Diagram showing the various stages of development in a recent brachiopod, from b, c, larval stages, etc,, to a, adult animal. delighted when he finds a ..."

5. The English Cyclopaedia by Charles Knight (1870)
"And since more attention was given to the shell than to the animal, naturalists long misunderstood the true disposition of the shell in the brachiopod. ..."

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