Definitions of shellfish

n invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell

mollusc, mollusk
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burrowing marine mollusk
gastropod, univalve
a class of mollusks typically having a one-piece coiled shell and flattened muscular foot with a head bearing stalked eyes
chiton, coat-of-mail shell, polyplacophore, sea cradle
primitive elongated bilaterally symmetrical marine mollusk having a mantle covered with eight calcareous plates
bivalve, lamellibranch, pelecypod
marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together
cephalopod, cephalopod mollusk
marine mollusk characterized by well-developed head and eyes and sucker-bearing tentacles
tooth shell, tusk shell
any of various seashore mollusks having a tapering tubular shell open at each end and a foot pointed like a spade for burrowing
abalone, ear-shell
any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior
any of various edible tropical marine gastropods of the genus Strombus having a brightly-colored spiral shell with large outer lip
freshwater or marine or terrestrial gastropod mollusk usually having an external enclosing spiral shell
any of various terrestrial gastropods having an elongated slimy body and no external shell
any of several creeping marine gastropods with a spirally coiled shell: whelks; tritons; moon shells; neritids
Ancylus fluviatilis, freshwater limpet, river limpet
minute conical gastropod superficially resembling a limpet but living and feeding on freshwater plants
nudibranch, sea slug
any of various marine gastropods of the suborder Nudibranchia having a shell-less and often beautifully colored body
Aplysia punctata, sea hare
naked marine gastropod having a soft body with reduced internal shell and two pairs of ear-like tentacles
bubble shell
marine gastropod mollusk having a very small thin shell
any member of the genus Physa
cowrie, cowry
any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells
aplacophoran, solenogaster
deep-water wormlike mollusks lacking calcareous plates on the body but having fine slimy spicules on the covering mantle
burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
common edible, burrowing European bivalve mollusk that has a strong, rounded shell with radiating ribs
marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters
ark shell
marine bivalve mollusk having a heavy toothed shell with a deep boat-like inner surface
blood clam
red-blooded clam
marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that lives attached to rocks etc.
escallop, scallop, scollop
edible marine bivalve having a fluted fan-shaped shell that swim by expelling water from the shell in a series of snapping motions
marine bivalve that bores into rock or clay or wood by means of saw-like shells
chambered nautilus, nautilus, pearly nautilus
cephalopod of the Indian and Pacific oceans having a spiral shell with pale pearly partitions
dibranch, dibranchiate, dibranchiate mollusk
cephalopods having two gills
a cephalopod with eight arms but lacking an internal shell
cephalopods having eight short tentacles plus two long ones
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any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification

n meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)

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black marine bivalves usually steamed in wine
huitre, oyster
edible body of any of numerous oysters
flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams
common edible European bivalve
crab, crabmeat
the edible flesh of any of various crabs
crawdad, crawfish, crayfish, ecrevisse
tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly
mollusk with a low conical shell
flesh of a lobster
crayfish, langouste, rock lobster, spiny lobster
warm-water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California
escallop, scallop, scollop
edible muscle of mollusks having fan-shaped shells; served broiled or poached or in salads or cream sauces
oysters Rockefeller
oysters spread with butter and spinach and seasonings and baked on the half shell
blue point, bluepoint
oysters originally from Long Island Sound but now from anywhere along the northeastern seacoast; usually eaten raw
hard-shell clam, quahaug, quahog, round clam
Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes
long-neck clam, soft-shell clam, steamer, steamer clam
a clam that is usually steamed in the shell
blue crab
Atlantic crab; most common source of fresh crabmeat
crab legs
legs of especially Alaska king crabs
soft-shell crab, soft-shelled crab
freshly molted crab with new shell still tender and flexible
Japanese crab
crabmeat usually canned; from Japan
Alaska crab, Alaska king crab, Alaskan king crab, king crab
meat of large cold-water crab; mainly leg meat
Dungeness crab
flesh of Cancer magister (Dungeness crab)
stone crab
pale flesh with delicate texture and flavor; found in Florida but now very rare
American lobster, Maine lobster, Northern lobster
flesh of cold-water lobsters having large tender claws; caught from Maine to the Carolinas
European lobster
similar to but smaller than American lobsters
Norwegian lobster, langoustine, scampo
caught in European waters; slenderer than American lobster
lobster tail
lobster tail meat; usually from spiny rock lobsters
sea scallop
muscle of large deep-water scallops
bay scallop
muscle of small choice shallow-water scallops
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edible fish (broadly including freshwater fish) or shellfish or roe etc

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