plural noun
Het·​er·​o·​pi·​idae | \ ˌhetərōˈpīəˌdē \

Definition of Heteropiidae

: a family of sponges (order Heterocoela) with a distinct dermal cortex pierced by inhalant pores and with subdermal triradiate spicules

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History and Etymology for Heteropiidae

New Latin, from Heteropia, type genus (from heter- + -opia) + -idae

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“Heteropiidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Heteropiidae. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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