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mastax

[mas-taks]
noun
  1. the muscular pharynx of a rotifer, containing a chewing apparatus.
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Origin of mastax

1850–55; < New Latin < Greek mástax mouth, jaws, akin to masâsthai to chew
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Historical Examples of mastax

  • The eminent naturalist we have named calls the whole organ the mastax, and states that it is composed of dense muscular fibre.

    Marvels of Pond-life

    Henry J. Slack