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Meaning of bivalve

bi•valve

Pronunciation: (bī'valv"), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calledany mollusk, as the oyster, clam, scallop, or mussel, of the class Bivalvia, having two shells hinged together, a soft body, and lamellate gills.
—adj.
  1. having two valves, as a seedcase.
  2. having two shells, usually united by a hinge.
  3. having two similar parts hinged together.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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