shellfish

shellfish, popular name for certain edible mollusks (see Mollusca ), e.g., oysters, clams, and scallops, and for certain edible crustaceans , e.g., crabs, lobsters, and shrimps. All are aquatic invertebrates with shells they are not fish.

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