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A light-producing organ in certain fishes and other animals.
- ‘Eyelightfish have a blunt snout, a large upturned mouth, a deeply forked caudal fin, and a light-emitting organ, called a photophore, under each eye.’
- ‘Deep sea fish have organs called photophores which create a center for the bioluminescent reactions.’
- ‘Jellies are everywhere in sizes and shapes that defy description, their bodies radiant ripples of photophores.’
- ‘Some, like fireflies, produce light in special organs called photophores.’
- ‘Rhadinesthes decimus also has a barbel that extends about half the length of the head and has photophores and luminous material near the stem.’
Late 19th century: from Greek phōtophoros ‘light-bearing’.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.