radula

noun
rad·​u·​la | \ ˈra-jə-lə How to pronounce radula (audio) \
plural radulae\ ˈra-​jə-​ˌlē How to pronounce radulae (audio) , -​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 How to pronounce radular (audio) \ 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radula. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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radula

noun
rad·​u·​la | \ ˈraj-ə-lə How to pronounce radula (audio) \
plural radulae\ -​ˌlē How to pronounce radulae (audio) , -​ˌlī How to pronounce radulae (audio) \ 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 How to pronounce radular (audio) \ adjective

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