Any of numerous marine invertebrates of the phylum Brachiopoda, having a shell with two valves of unequal size enclosing an armlike lophophore used for feeding, and including many extinct species commonly found as fossils.
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 mouth.
Any of various marine invertebrate animals of the phylum Brachiopoda that resemble clams. Brachiopods have paired upper and lower shells attached to a usually stationary stalk and hollow tentacles covered with cilia that sweep food particles into the mouth. Brachiopods are probably related to the phoronids and bryozoans, and were extremely abundant throughout the Paleozoic Era.
From New Latin Brāchiopodaphylum name Latin brācchiumarmbrachium New Latin -poda-pod
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From brachio- + -pod.
Brachiopod Sentence Examples
The soft body of the Brachiopod is in all cases protected by a shell composed of two distinct valves; these valves are always, except in cases of malformation, equal-sided, but not equivalved.
The name Brachiopod (/3paxiwv, an arm, and hots, ir036s, a foot) was proposed for the class by F.
The valves are, consequently, essentially symmetrical, which is not the case with the Lamellibranchiata, - so much so, that certain Brachiopod shells were named Lampades, or lamp shells, by some early naturalists; but while such may bear a kind of resemblance to an antique Etruscan lamp, by far the larger number in no way resemble one.
The body of the Brachiopod v usually occupies about the posterior half of the space within the shell.
xliv.) has classified with appropriate names the various stages through which Brachiopod larvae pass.