[ lof-uh-fawr, -fohr, loh-fuh- ]
/ ˈlɒf əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈloʊ fə- /
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.
Related formslo·phoph·o·ral [luh-fof-er-uh l] /ləˈfɒf ər əl/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lophophore
Lophophore: The disk bearing the mouth and circlet of ciliated tentacles.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
Lip which overhangs the mouth and runs all round the lophophore.
The lophophore and stalk are largely composed of this tissue.
British Dictionary definitions for 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
Derived Formslophophorate, adjective
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Science definitions for lophophore
[ lŏf′ə-fôr′ ]
A horseshoe-shaped ciliated organ located near the mouth of brachiopods, bryozoans, and phoronids that is used to gather food.
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