A gill ( (listen)) is a respiratory organ that many aquatic organisms use to extract dissolved oxygen from water and to excrete carbon dioxide. The gills of some species, such as hermit crabs, have adapted to allow respiration on land provided they are kept moist. The microscopic structure of a gill presents a large surface area to the external environment. Branchia (pl. branchiae) is the zoologists' name for gills (from Ancient Greek βράγχια). With the exception of some aquatic insects, the filaments and lamellae (folds) contain blood or coelomic fluid, from which gases are exchanged through the thin walls. The blood carries oxygen to other parts of the body. Carbon dioxide passes from the blood through the thin gill tissue into the water. Gills or gill-like organs, located in different parts of the body, are found in various groups of aquatic animals, including mollusks, crustaceans, insects, fish, and amphibians. Semiterrestrial marine animals such as crabs and mudskippers have gill chambers in which they store water, enabling them to use the dissolved oxygen when they are on land.
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Small hackles for drying hemp.
respiratory structures which function in water; distinguished as true or blood gills where contained blood conveys the absorbed oxygen from the gill to the tissues, and as tracheal gills when this conveyance is by contained tracheae.
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gills is ranked #14651 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Gills surname appeared 2,031 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Gills.
54.8% or 1,114 total occurrences were White.
39.3% or 799 total occurrences were Black.
3.1% or 63 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.7% or 35 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.5% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
0.4% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.
The numerical value of gills in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of gills in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
If you're looking at a whole fish, the gills should be dark red, not dull brown, and the eyes should be clear and not cloudy.
They rely on clean, well-oxygenated water, when the wildfire chocks the stream full of mud, the oxygen-holding capacity of the water is reduced. It clogs gills ; it clogs egg sacs.
More and more the incremental growth will go offshore, just simply for the fact that these( domestic) places are packed to the gills.
When most people imagine clams, they imagine the things that make clam chowder, these clams are very different. They're reef-dwelling, they have bright-red tentacles, they have gills that stick out, they live in little crevasses [and] they are the only species of clam that flashes.
it’s not funny nor humorous anymore, is it? this practical confine greasing our gills, gilding our lilies, suffocating on our common wreckage
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