plural noun
Cte·​noph·​o·​ra | \ tə-ˈnä-fə-rə \

Definition of Ctenophora

: a small phylum sometimes especially formerly considered a class of Coelenterata and consisting of widely distributed and at times very abundant marine hermaphroditic solitary animals that superficially resemble jellyfishes, are usually more or less ellipsoidal with decided biradial symmetry, and swim by means of eight meridional bands of transverse ciliated plates, each plate representing a row of large modified cilia — compare nuda , tentaculata , comb sense 4c; venus's-girdle

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Other Words from Ctenophora

ctenophoral \ tə-​ˈnä-​fə-​rəl \ adjective
ctenophoran \ tə-​ˈnä-​fə-​rən How to pronounce Ctenophora (audio) \ noun or adjective
ctenophoric \ ¦te-​nə-​¦fȯr-​ik \ adjective
ctenophorous \ tə-​ˈnä-​fə-​rəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Ctenophora

New Latin, from cten- + -phora

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“Ctenophora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ctenophora. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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