- 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.
Origin of radula
1745–55; < New Latin rādula, Latin: scraper, equivalent to rād(ere) to scrape, rub + -ula -ule
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Examples from the Web for radula
All the mollusca, except the bivalves, are provided with this radula.
This is called the radula, and is used for tearing or rasping the food.
It is a mollusk because it has a mantle, a foot, and a radula.
The radula has 160 rows of teeth with twelve teeth in each row.
Radula with a median tooth and three teeth on each side of it.
- a horny tooth-bearing strip on the tongue of molluscs that is used for rasping food
C19: from Late Latin: a scraping iron, from Latin rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for radula
surgical instrument, 1753, from Latin radula "scraper, scraping iron," from radere "to scrape" (see raze). Related: Radular.
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