[lof-uh-fawr, -fohr, loh-fuh-]
the ring of ciliated tentacles encircling the mouth of a bryozoan or phoronid.
a similar organ in a brachiopod, composed of two ciliated, spirally coiled tentacles.

1840–50; < Greek lóph(os) a crest, ridge + -o- -o- + -phore

lophophoral [luh-fof-er-uhl] , adjective
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lophophore (ˈləʊfəˌfɔː)
a circle or horseshoe of ciliated tentacles surrounding the mouth and used for the capture of food in minute sessile animals of the phyla Brachiopoda, Phoronida, and Ectoprocta

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lophophore   (lŏf'ə-fôr')  Pronunciation Key 
A horseshoe-shaped ciliated organ located near the mouth of brachiopods, bryozoans, and phoronids that is used to gather food.
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Gut and lophophore are the principal components of the polypide.
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