Definition of megalaesthete in English:

megalaesthete

(also megalesthete)

noun

Zoology
  • In a chiton: any of the numerous photoreceptive sensory structures distributed in megalopores over the surface of the valves.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Nottidge Moseley (1844–1891), naturalist. From megalo- + ancient Greek αἰσθητής person who perceives, here used for ‘organ of sense’; apparently coined by H. N. Moseley.

Pronunciation

megalaesthete

/ˌmɛɡəˈliːsθiːt/