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peristome

[per-uh-stohm]
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noun
  1. Botany. the one or two circles of small, pointed, toothlike appendages around the orifice of a capsule or urn of mosses, appearing when the lid is removed.
  2. Zoology. any of various structures or sets of parts that surround or form the walls of a mouth or mouthlike opening.
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Origin of peristome

From the New Latin word peristoma, dating back to 1790–1800. See peri-, -stome
Related formsper·i·sto·mal, per·i·sto·mat·ic [per-uh-stuh-mat-ik] /ˌpɛr ə stəˈmæt ɪk/, per·i·sto·mi·al, adjective
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peristome

noun
  1. a fringe of pointed teeth surrounding the opening of a moss capsule
  2. any of various parts surrounding the mouth of invertebrates, such as echinoderms and earthworms, and of protozoans
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Derived Formsperistomal or peristomial, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin peristoma, from peri- + Greek stoma mouth
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peristome in Science

peristome

[pĕrĭ-stōm′]
  1. A fringe of toothlike appendages surrounding the mouth of the spore capsule of some mosses. The teeth unfold under damp conditions and curl up under dry conditions to disperse spores gradually.
  2. The area or parts around the mouth in certain invertebrates, such as the echinoderms.
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