lophophore definition

  • noun:
    • A horseshoe-shaped ciliated organ positioned near the lips of brachiopods, bryozoans, and phoronids that is used to assemble food.
    • A feeding organ of brachiopods, bryozoans and phoronids
    • A disk which encompasses the mouth and holds the tentacles associated with the Bryozoa. See phylactolemata.
    • In Polyzoa, the oral disk on no-cost end regarding the polypide, which is situated the mouth: so-called from circlet of ciliated tentacles which it holds. See Plumatella.
    • A pheasant associated with the genus Lophophorus; the Impeyan pheasant. See cut-under Impeyan.

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