lithodomus definition

  • noun:
    • A genus of elongated bivalve shells, allied into the mussels, and remarkable for capacity to bore holes for protection, in solid limestone, shells, etc. labeled as also Lithophagus.
    • A genus of mussels regarding the family members Mytilid√¶, of small size and subcylindric form, which burrow in stones, and they are referred to as date-shells. L. lithophagus is an example. Also known as Lithotomus and Lithophagus. See cut under date-shell.
    • [l. e.; pl. lithodomi (-mi).] A part with this genus.

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