endostyle

noun
en·​do·​style | \ ˈen-dō-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce endostyle (audio) \

Definition of endostyle

: a pair of parallel longitudinal folds projecting into the pharyngeal cavity in lower chordates (such as the tunicates) that secrete mucus for trapping food particles

Examples of endostyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike spiders that spin their feeding webs, these grazers have a special organ, called an endostyle, that secretes their mucous mesh. Kelly Sutherland, Smithsonian, "These Strange Ocean Creatures Trap Their Food In a Net of Mucus," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of endostyle

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for endostyle

International Scientific Vocabulary end- + Greek stylos pillar — more at steer

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“Endostyle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endostyle. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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