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lophophore

[ lof-uh-fawr, -fohr, loh-fuh- ]
/ ˈlɒf əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈloʊ fə- /
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noun
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.
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Origin of lophophore

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

OTHER WORDS FROM lophophore

lo·phoph·o·ral [luh-fof-er-uhl], /ləˈfɒf ər əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lophophore

lophophore
/ (ˈləʊfəˌfɔː) /

noun
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 forms of lophophore

lophophorate, adjective
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Scientific definitions for lophophore

lophophore
[ lŏfə-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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