bryo·​zo·​an | \ ˌbrī-ə-ˈzō-ən How to pronounce bryozoan (audio) \

Definition of bryozoan

: any of a phylum (Bryozoa) of aquatic mostly marine invertebrate animals that reproduce by budding and usually form permanently attached branched or mossy colonies

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bryozoan adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Then there are the bryozoans, a phylum of animals all its own. Joanna Klein, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2020 The most common critters were bryozoans—tiny invertebrates. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 30 Aug. 2019 Hunter speculates that crinoid rafts could have ferried additional stowaways including plants, bryozoans and crustaceans. Raleigh Mcelvery, Smithsonian, 12 Aug. 2019 Other species found on shorelines included clams, ballan wrasse and ling, bryozoans and a harbour porpoise. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2018 The warm coastal waters surrounding Gondwana were perfect for new kinds of animals, like brachiopods, crinoids, ostracodes, cephalopods, corals, and bryozoans. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, 21 Nov. 2017 According to Peter Dockrill of Science Alert, the blob is a type of bryozoan, which begin life as a single invertebrate organism. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 7 Sep. 2017 Ian Walker is a biology professor at the University of British Columbia who has studied bryozoans. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, 31 Aug. 2017 After the first bryozoan sighting in Stanley Park, others were spotted in the pond. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 7 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of bryozoan

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bryozoan

New Latin Bryozoa, from Greek bryon + New Latin -zoa

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“Bryozoan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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