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[uh-mat-uh-fawr, -fohr]
noun Zoology.
  1. a tentacle or movable stalk bearing an eye, as in certain snails.
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Origin of ommatophore

1875–80; < Greek ommat- eye (see ommateum) + -o- + -phore
Related formsom·ma·toph·or·ous [om-uh-tof-er-uh s] /ˌɒm əˈtɒf ər əs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ommatophore


  1. zoology a movable stalk or tentacle bearing an eye, occurring in lower animals such as crabs and snails
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Derived Formsommatophorous (ˌɒməˈtɒfərəs), adjective

Word Origin for ommatophore

C19: from Greek omma eye + -phore
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