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

Origin of lophophore

1840–50; < Greek lóph(os) a crest, ridge + -o- -o- + -phore
Related formslo·phoph·o·ral [luh-fof-er-uh l] /ləˈfɒf ər əl/, adjective
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  1. 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
Derived Formslophophorate, adjective
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lophophore in Science


  1. A horseshoe-shaped ciliated organ located near the mouth of brachiopods, bryozoans, and phoronids that is used to gather food.
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