osphradium

noun
os·​phra·​di·​um
plural osphradia\ -​ēə \

Definition of osphradium

: a single or paired sense organ connected with one of the visceral ganglia and situated near the gill of most aquatic mollusks that is supposed to be olfactory or to test the purity of the water passing to the gills

History and Etymology for osphradium

New Latin, from Middle Greek osphradion nosegay, diminutive of Late Greek osphra smell; akin to Greek ozein to smell

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“Osphradium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osphradium. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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