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odontophore

[oh-don-tuh-fawr, -fohr] /oʊˈdɒn təˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr/
noun, Zoology
1.
a structure in the mouth of most mollusks over which the radula is drawn backward and forward in the process of breaking up food.
Origin of odontophore
1865-1870
1865-70; < Greek odontophóros bearing teeth. See odonto-, -phore
Related forms
odontophoral
[oh-don-tof-er-uh l] /ˌoʊ dɒnˈtɒf ər əl/ (Show IPA),
odontophorine
[oh-don-tof-uh-rahyn, -er-in] /ˌoʊ dɒnˈtɒf əˌraɪn, -ər ɪn/ (Show IPA),
odontophorous, adjective
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  • Lingual ribbon: The chitinous band of teeth, or rasp, borne upon the odontophore; the radula.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for odontophore

odontophore

/ɒˈdɒntəˌfɔː/
noun
1.
an oral muscular protrusible structure in molluscs that supports the radula
Derived Forms
odontophoral (ˌɒdɒnˈtɒfərəl), odontophorous, adjective
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