radula

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noun rad·u·la \ˈra-jə-lə\

Definition of radula

plural

radulae

play \-ˌlē, -ˌlī\ also

radulas

  1. :  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

radular

play \-lər\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of radula

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


First Known Use: 1853


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radula

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noun rad·u·la \ˈraj-ə-lə\

Medical Definition of radula

plural

radulae

\-ˌlē, -ˌlī\play play also

radulas

  1. :  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

radular

\-lər\play adjective

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