a usually horseshoe-shaped ring of ciliated tentacles around the mouth of certain aquatic animals, as in brachiopods
Origin of lophophore; from Classical Greek lophos, crest, tuft + -phore
A circular or horseshoe-shaped structure of ciliated tentacles located around the mouth of brachiopods, bryozoans, and phoronids that is used to gather food.
Origin of lophophoreGreek lophos, crest of a helmet + –phore.
- (zoology) A feeding organ of brachiopods, bryozoans and phoronids