loph·​o·​phore ˈlä-fə-ˌfȯr How to pronounce lophophore (audio)
: a circular or horseshoe-shaped organ about the mouth especially of a brachiopod or bryozoan that bears tentacles and functions especially in food-getting

Word History


Greek lophos crest + English -phore

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lophophore was in 1850

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“Lophophore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lophophore. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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