radula

noun
rad·u·la | \ˈra-jə-lə \
plural radulae\ˈra-jə-ˌlē, -ˌlī \ also radulas

Definition of radula 

: a horny band or ribbon in mollusks other than bivalves that bears minute chitinous teeth on its dorsal surface and scrapes or tears off food and draws it into the mouth

Other Words from radula

radular \ˈra-jə-lər \ adjective

First Known Use of radula

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for radula

New Latin, from Latin, scraper, from radere to scrape — more at rodent

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radula

noun
rad·u·la | \ˈraj-ə-lə \
plural radulae\-ˌlē, -ˌlī \ also radulas

Medical Definition of radula 

: a horny band or ribbon in mollusks other than bivalves that bears minute teeth on its dorsal surface and tears up food and draws it into the mouth and that in some members of the gastropod genus Conus is used to inflict a poisonous and sometimes fatal bite

Other Words from radula

radular \-lər \ adjective

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