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- (obsolete) A taxonomic class within the phylum Mollusca — the Bivalvia.
1854, Philip Henry Gosse, Natural History, page 57:
- Naturalists arrange the Mollusca in six classes, named Cephalopoda, Pteropoda, Gasteropoda, Conchifera, Brachiopoda, and Tunicata. Of these the first three are sometimes distinguished as Encephala, or furnished with a head; the last three as Acephala, being destitute of that organ.