xe·​noph·​o·​ra | \ zə̇ˈnäfərə \

Definition of xenophora

1 capitalized : a genus of gastropod mollusks comprising the carrier snails (coextensive with the family Xenophoridae of the suborder Taenioglossa)
2 plural -s : any mollusk of the genus Xenophora

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Other Words from xenophora

xenophoran \ -​rən \ adjective

History and Etymology for xenophora

New Latin, from xen- + -phora

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“Xenophora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenophora. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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