[mol-uh sk] /ˈmɒl əsk/
any invertebrate of the phylum Mollusca, typically having a calcareous shell of one, two, or more pieces that wholly or partly enclose the soft, unsegmented body, including the chitons, snails, bivalves, squids, and octopuses.
1783, mollusque (modern spelling from 1839), from French mollusque, from Modern Latin Mollusca (see Mollusca), the phylum name. Related: Molluscuous; molluscan.
mollusk or mollusc
Any of numerous invertebrate animals of the phylum Mollusca, usually living in water and often having a hard outer shell. They have a muscular foot, a well-developed circulatory and nervous system, and often complex eyes. Mollusks include gastropods (snails and shellfish), slugs, octopuses, squids, and the extinct ammonites. Mollusks appear in the fossil record in the early Cambrian Period, but it is not known from what group they evolved.
A phylum of invertebrates with soft bodies and muscular feet. Some mollusks also have hard shells. Oysters, clams, snails, slugs, octopuses, and squid are mollusks.
[mawl-vahy-duh] /ˈmɔl vaɪ də/ noun 1. . /ˈmɒlˌvaɪdə/ noun 1. an equal-area map projection with the parallels and the central meridian being straight lines and the other meridians curved. It is often used to show world distributions of various phenomena
[mol-ee] /ˈmɒl i/ noun, plural mollies. 1. any of certain livebearing freshwater fishes of the genus Mollienisia, popular in home aquariums. [mol-ee] /ˈmɒl i/ plural Mollies. Trademark. 1. a brand of expansion bolt having a split, sleevelike sheath threaded at one end so that when inserted snugly into masonry the turning of the bolt draws […]
[mol-ee-kod-l] /ˈmɒl iˌkɒd l/ noun 1. a man or boy who is used to being ; a milksop. verb (used with object), mollycoddled, mollycoddling. 2. to ; pamper. /ˈmɒlɪˌkɒdəl/ verb 1. (transitive) to treat with indulgent care; pamper noun 2. a pampered person v. also molly-coddle, 1870, from a noun (1833) meaning “one who coddles […]
/mol’ee-gard/ [University of Illinois] A shield to prevent tripping of some Big Red Switch by clumsy or ignorant hands. Originally used of the plexiglass covers improvised for the BRS on an IBM 4341 after a programmer’s toddler daughter (named Molly) frobbed it twice in one day. Later generalised to covers over stop/reset switches on disk […]