anal pore


Definition of anal pore

: an opening on the exterior surface of an animal (such as a fish, nematode, or paramecium) through which undigested food, water, or gas is expelled The anal fin, on the underside of the striped bass just behind the anal pore, looks a lot like the reverse of the soft dorsal fin.— Nicholas Karas, The Complete Book of Striped Bass Fishing, 2000

Note: Anal pore is often used interchangeably with vent in reference to certain animals and especially fish.

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First Known Use of anal pore

1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Anal pore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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