Definition of otolith in English:

otolith

noun

Zoology
  • Each of three small oval calcareous bodies in the inner ear of vertebrates, involved in sensing gravity and movement.

    • ‘All of the identifiable teeth and otoliths from the samples were identified and depth ranges were assigned to each taxon based on the known depths of living counterparts.’
    • ‘Growth data from otoliths indicate that sneakers and nesting males represent separate life histories.’
    • ‘Like the inner ear in humans, the otolith plays a role in hearing and balance.’
    • ‘The macular neuromast organs bear otoliths, as described above.’
    • ‘All teeth and otoliths were identified to species.’

Pronunciation:

otolith

/ˈəʊtəlɪθ/