pogonophoran


po·go·noph·o·ran

noun \ˌpō-gə-ˈnä-fə-rən\

Definition of POGONOPHORAN

:  any of a phylum (Pogonophora) of marine wormlike animals of uncertain systematic relationships that live in chitinous tubes on the floor of deep seas, have obscure segmentation, and lack a mouth and digestive tract
pogonophoran adjective

Origin of POGONOPHORAN

New Latin Pogonophora, from Greek pōgōnophora, neuter plural of pōgōnophoros wearing a beard, from pōgōn beard + -phoros -phore
First Known Use: 1963

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