Definition of odontophore in English:

odontophore

noun

Zoology
  • 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.’
    • ‘The possession of an odontophore internal to the mouth angle ossicles can only be interpreted as an apomorphy of crown asteroids.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

odontophore

/əˈdɒntə(ʊ)fɔː/