Definition of ptenoglossate in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtiːnəʊˈɡlɒseɪt/


rare Zoology
  • Of the radula of a gastropod: having no median teeth but a large number of lateral teeth resembling the barbs of a feather. Of a gastropod: having such a radula; belonging to a taxon Ptenoglossa so characterized (variously ranked between superfamily and order).


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From ancient Greek πτηνός feathered (from an ablaut variant of the Indo-European base of ancient Greek πέτεσθαι to fly + -νός, suffix forming nouns) + γλῶσσα tongue + -ate, after post-classical Latin ptenoglossa.