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U"ni*valve (?), n. [Uni- + valve: cf. F. univalve.] Zool.

A shell consisting of one valve only; a mollusk whose shell is composed of a single piece, as the snails and conchs.

⇒ Most univalves are spiral and are the shells of gastropods, but many belong to cephalopods and pteropods. A large number of univalves belonging to the gastropods are conical, cup-shaped, or shieldlike, as the limpets.


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U"ni*valve (?), U"ni*valved (?), a. [Cf. F. univalve.] Bot. & Zool.

Having one valve; as, a univalve shell or pericarp.


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