Definition of photophore in English:

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photophore

Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊtə(ʊ)fɔː/

noun

Zoology
A light-producing organ in certain fishes and other animals.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Some, like fireflies, produce light in special organs called photophores.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek phōtophoros 'light-bearing'.

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Line breaks: photo|phore

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