Pho·​ra | \ ˈfōrə \

Definition of Phora

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a genus of small flies that is the type of the family Phoridae
-pho·​ra | \ f(ə)rə \
plural -phora

Definition of -phora (Entry 2 of 3)

: organism bearing a (specified) structure Cladophora : organisms bearing a (specified) structure Ctenophora


Definition of -phora (Entry 3 of 3)

plural of -phorum

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History and Etymology for Phora


New Latin, from Greek phōr thief; akin to Latin fur thief

Noun combining form

New Latin, from feminine singular & neuter plural of -phorus

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“Phora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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