One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting the side or end where the mouth is situated.‘the adoral shields’
- ‘These structures improve the resistance of the ammonite septum to pressure upon its main surface in both adapical and adoral directions.’
- ‘These individuals are rare, are less than 15 mm in test diameter, and contain spines very similar to the thin, gracile, lightly ornamented, adoral spines of larger specimens.’
- ‘Therefore, in these early stages, the boundary can be drawn between these aboral plates and those formed adoral to the terminals.’
Late 19th century: from ad- ‘at’ + oral.
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