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Flat Tree Oyster Isognomon alatus
2013-04-25 16:28:02

The Flat Tree Oyster, Isognomon alatus, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Isognomonidae. It can be seen along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from southern Florida to Brazil and Bermuda. This oyster has two thin and irregularly shaped valves that are joined by a long straight hinge. The exterior is sculpted by a large number of rough, concentric rings with...

Noble Pen Shell Pinna nobilis
2013-04-25 16:25:11

The Noble Pen Shell, Pinna Nobilis, is a species of large saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pinnidae. This bivalve shell can be as large as almost 3 feet in length, and the shape is somewhat variable. Like all pen shells, it is quite fragile. It attaches itself to rocks using a strong byssus made up of many silk like hairs. These are fibers that are secreted by...

Kelp Scallop Leptopecten latiauratus
2013-04-16 20:25:12

Leptopecten latiauratus, the common name being the kelp scallop, is a small saltwater clam, a bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pectinidae. It resides in water up to 850 feet deep. Similar to other scallops, it has many small primitive eyes around the rim of its mantle and escapes its predators by jet propulsion. The shell can be anywhere between 3 to 5 centimeters in size. It is...

Molluscum contagiosum
2011-02-23 17:00:17

The Molluscum contagiosum virus, MCV, is a virus, in the poxvirus family, that causes the disease Molluscum contagiosum in humans. The virions have a complex structure that is consistent with the structure of the poxvirus family. Since the virus cannot routinely be cultured diagnosis is made on the clinical appearance. It can be confirmed by excisional biopsy. There are four types of MCV...

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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