plural noun
An·​tho·​zoa | \ ˌan(t)-thə-ˈzōə \

Definition of Anthozoa

: a class of marine coelenterates comprising the corals, sea anemones, and related forms all of which lack medusa generation and are distinguished by polyps with radial partitions or mesenteries projecting from the body wall into the gastrovascular cavity — see alcyonaria, zoantharia

Other Words from Anthozoa

anthozoan \ ¦an(t)-​thə-​¦zōən How to pronounce Anthozoa (audio) \ adjective or noun
anthozoic \ ¦an(t)-​thə-​¦zōik \ adjective
anthozoon \ ˌan(t)-​thə-​ˈzō-​ˌän , -​ən \ noun, plural anthozoa

First Known Use of Anthozoa

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Anthozoa

New Latin, from anth- entry 1 + -zoa

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“Anthozoa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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