plural noun Po·go·noph·o·ra \ˌpōgəˈnäfərə\

Definition of Pogonophora

  1. :  a phylum or class of marine worms of uncertain systematic relationships that superficially resemble polychaetes but have a dorsal nervous system and obscure metamerism

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of pogonophora

New Latin, irregular from Greek pōgōnophora, neuter plural of pōgōnophoros wearing a beard, from pōgōno- pogon- + -phoros -phorous

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Pogonophora? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to criticize severely

Get Word of the Day daily email!