[ oh-don-tuh-fawr, -fohr ]
/ oʊˈdɒn təˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr /

noun Zoology.

a structure in the mouth of most mollusks over which the radula is drawn backward and forward in the process of breaking up food.

Origin of odontophore

First recorded in 1865–70, odontophore is from the Greek word odontophóros bearing teeth. See odonto-, -phore

OTHER WORDS FROM odontophore

o·don·toph·o·ral [oh-don-tof-er-uhl], /ˌoʊ dɒnˈtɒf ər əl/, o·don·toph·o·rine [oh-don-tof-uh-rahyn, -er-in], /ˌoʊ dɒnˈtɒf əˌraɪn, -ər ɪn/, o·don·toph·or·ous, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for odontophore

  • Lingual ribbon: The chitinous band of teeth, or rasp, borne upon the odontophore; the radula.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold

British Dictionary definitions for odontophore

/ (ɒˈdɒntəˌfɔː) /


an oral muscular protrusible structure in molluscs that supports the radula

Derived forms of odontophore

odontophoral (ˌɒdɒnˈtɒfərəl) or odontophorous, adjective
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