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 4c ; venus's-girdle
ctenophoran\tə-ˈnä-fə-rən\ play noun or adjective
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Origin and Etymology of ctenophora
New Latin, from cten- + -phora
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