plural noun

: a group of sponges (class Calcispongiae) that are thick-walled and have the spicules united in a rigid network

Word History


New Latin, from Latin pharetra quiver, from Greek, from pherein to bear + -tra, suffix denoting instrument

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“Pharetrones.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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