plural noun

: the mouthparts of an arthropod (as an insect) including the labrum, labium, maxillae, mandibles, and hypopharynx with their appendages
: the masticating organs of a rotifer including the incus and the two mallei
broadly : mastax

Word History


New Latin, plural of trophus mouth, from Greek trophos feeder, from trephein to nourish

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trophi was in 1813

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“Trophi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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