plural -s
: a chromatophore containing an alcohol-soluble red pigment that occurs in the skins of fishes, amphibia, and reptiles

Word History


all- + -phore

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of allophore was in 1926

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“Allophore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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