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    What are the two parts of a seashell called?

    Spent 20 minutes trying to find how the two parts of the seashell are called in English: halves, doors, shucks, flaps, leaves, valves?
    No Wikipedia, no dictionaries give explanations about it.

    For example, I can have a seashell, but I can also have a [half / one door] of a seashell.

    Would appreciate any help...

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    Re: How the two seashell parts are called?

    I believe the scientific term is 'valve', so you'd have the right/left or top/bottom valve.

    However, in common parlance, I think many people (including myself) just use the term 'half'. "I have half the shell."


    You can't trust everything on Wikipedia, but there's the relevant entry.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valve_%28mollusc%29

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    Re: How the two seashell parts are called?

    (Not a Teacher, but a first language English speaker from England):

    Yes. These creatures, such as mussels, cockles, oysters etc, are all bivalve molluscs, because they have two half shells.
    Introduction to Marine Biology: By George Karleskint, Richard Turner, James Small

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...led%3F&f=false

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    Re: How the two seashell parts are called?

    leo, please note my correction to your thread title in post #1.

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    Re: How the two seashell parts are called?

    I typed "shell anatomy" into Google search, and the second listing was:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bivalve_shell

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    Re: How the two seashell parts are called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I typed "shell anatomy" into Google search, and the second listing was:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bivalve_shell
    Raymott, thank you. It is always good to know how to find information. It is good to have access to Google, but I also need to know the how to search effectively/efficiently part. I would not have thought of the word 'anatomy'. I thought of 'structure', but searching on 'shell structure' gives results from the building design field. :) So, good to know about 'shell anatomy'.

    Samuel Johnson said, "Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. " Perhaps this needs to be modified as ".. or we know where and how we can find information upon it."
    Last edited by Olympian; 04-Jul-2015 at 04:14. Reason: typo

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