plural noun
Rhip·​i·​do·​glos·​sa | \ ˌripədōˈgläsə, -lȯsə \

Definition of Rhipidoglossa

: a suborder of Aspidobranchia that comprises gastropod mollusks (as the abalones, the top shells, and the keyhole limpets) having a long radula with teeth that are long and hooklike in each transverse row and with indefinitely numerous marginal teeth becoming smaller toward the edges — see helicina

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Other Words from Rhipidoglossa

rhipidoglossal \ -​səl \ adjective
rhipidoglossate \ -​sə̇t , -​ˌsāt \ adjective

History and Etymology for Rhipidoglossa

New Latin, from rhipid- + -glossa

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“Rhipidoglossa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rhipidoglossa. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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