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siphonophore

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noun si·pho·no·phore \sī-ˈfä-nə-ˌfȯr, ˈsī-fə-nə-\

Definition of siphonophore

  1. :  any of an order (Siphonophora) of compound free-swimming or floating pelagic hydrozoans that are mostly delicate, transparent, and colored and have specialized zooids



Origin and Etymology of siphonophore

ultimately from Greek siphōn + pherein to carry — more at bear


First Known Use: circa 1842


Medical Dictionary

siphonophore

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noun si·pho·no·phore \sī-ˈfän-ə-ˌfō(ə)r, ˈsī-fə-nə-, -ˌfȯ(ə)r\

Medical Definition of siphonophore

  1. :  any of an order (Siphonophora) of compound free-swimming or floating pelagic hydrozoans—see portuguese man-of-war




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