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photophore

[foh-tuh-fawr, -fohr]
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noun Zoology.
  1. a luminous organ found in certain fishes and crustaceans.
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Origin of photophore

First recorded in 1880–85; photo- + -phore
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Examples from the Web for photophore

Historical Examples

  • If the photophore is unavailable, a hot-water bottle may be applied.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • This arrangement supplies radiant heat and is called a photophore (See Fig. 3).

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler


British Dictionary definitions for photophore

photophore

noun
  1. zoology any light-producing organ in animals, esp in certain fishes
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