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Aristotle's lantern

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noun Zoology.

a complex arrangement of muscles and calcareous teeth and plates forming an eversible organ in most echinoids, functioning in mastication.

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Origin of Aristotle's lantern

So called from a reference by Aristotle to a sea urchin resembling in shape certain lanterns
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