from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A structure at the base of the mouth of most mollusks over which the radula is drawn back and forth in breaking up food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a projection in the mouths of most molluscs; it is used, with the radula to break up food

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A special structure found in the mouth of most mollusks, except bivalves. It consists of several muscles and a cartilage which supports a chitinous radula, or lingual ribbon, armed with teeth. Also applied to the radula alone. See radula.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The whole radular apparatus, buccal mass, lingual ribbon, or “tongue” of certain mollusks.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

odonto- + -phore


  • And while he speaks of the teeth and that which serves these animals for a tongue, it is plain from the context that he means in the one case the two halves of the parrot-like beak, and in the other the anterior end of the odontophore.

    Fathers of Biology


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