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A circular or horseshoe-shaped structure of ciliated tentacles located around the mouth of brachiopods, bryozoans, and phoronids that is used to gather food.
[Greek lophos, crest of a helmet + -phore.]
lo·phoph′o·rate′ (lə-fŏf′ə-rāt′) adj.
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(Zoology) a circle or horseshoe of ciliated tentacles surrounding the mouth and used for the capture of food in minute sessile animals of the phyla Brachiopoda, Phoronida, and Ectoprocta
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loph•o•phore(ˈlɒf əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈloʊ fə-)
the ciliated food-gathering structure near the mouth of a bryozoan or brachiopod.
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