I want to know what the fleshy soft spikes on the "cheeks" inside...

Asked May 24, 2015, 8:46 PM EDT

I want to know what the fleshy soft spikes on the "cheeks" inside the mouths of water buffalo and cattle are called and what they are for.

Geauga County Ohio

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Papillae allow for increased absorption/secretion. This increase is done by increasing surface area. For example, a bathroom towel is more effective in removing water than a dish towel because it has more surface area. Ruminant secrete enormous quantities of saliva from eight types of glands.