plural noun
Cteno·​sto·​ma·​ta | \ ˌtenəˈstōmətə \

Definition of Ctenostomata

: an order of Bryozoa (class Gymnolaemata) having a circle of processes resembling bristles that close the aperture when the tentacles are retracted

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Other Words from Ctenostomata

ctenostomatous \ ¦tenə¦stämətəs \ adjective
ctenostome \ ˈtenəˌstōm \ noun, plural -s

History and Etymology for Ctenostomata

New Latin, from cten- + -stomata

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“Ctenostomata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ctenostomata. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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