radula

[ raj-oo-luh ]
/ ˈrædʒ ʊ lə /

noun, plural rad·u·lae [raj-oo-lee]. /ˈrædʒ ʊˌli/.

a chitinous band in the mouth of most mollusks, set with numerous, minute, horny teeth and drawn backward and forward over the floor of the mouth in the process of breaking up food.

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Origin of radula

1745–55; <New Latin rādula,Latin: scraper, equivalent to rād(ere) to scrape, rub + -ula-ule

OTHER WORDS FROM radula

rad·u·lar, adjectivesub·rad·u·lar, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for radula

radula
/ (ˈrædjʊlə) /

noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)

a horny tooth-bearing strip on the tongue of molluscs that is used for rasping food

Derived forms of radula

radular, adjective

Word Origin for radula

C19: from Late Latin: a scraping iron, from Latin rādere to scrape
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