One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cartilaginous projection in the mouth of a mollusc, on which the radula is supported.
- ‘The odontophore is an unpaired typically T-shaped ossicle between and dorsal to the distal side of each mouth-angle ossicular pair.’
- ‘Viguier noted the value of the odontophore, an unpaired interbrachial ossicle located behind each pair of mouth angle ossicles.’
- ‘We also explore the extraxial nature and phylogenetic significance of the odontophore.’
- ‘The possession of an odontophore internal to the mouth angle ossicles can only be interpreted as an apomorphy of crown asteroids.’
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