plural noun
Zo·oph·y·ta | \zōˈäfətə\

Definition of Zoophyta 

in former classifications

: an extensive artificial and heterogenous group of invertebrates mostly incapable of locomotion that commonly includes all or many of the forms distinguished as coelenterates, sponges, bryozoans, echinoderms, protozoans, and worms but is sometimes restricted to coelenterates and sponges or to anthozoans alone

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History and Etymology for Zoophyta

New Latin, from Greek zōophyta, plural of zōophyton

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