cnidarian

noun
cni·​dar·​i·​an | \nī-ˈder-ē-ən \

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That is in contradistinction to Cambrian fossils, among which are found representatives of all the main animal groups (annelids, arthropods, brachiopods, chordates, cnidarians, echinoderms, molluscs and so on) that are around today. The Economist, "The Cambrian explosion was caused by a lack of oxygen, not an abundance," 7 June 2018 The first saw the emergence of brachiopods and molluscs, the second that of annelids, cnidarians, echinoderms and chordates (a group that includes the vertebrates). The Economist, "The Cambrian explosion was caused by a lack of oxygen, not an abundance," 7 June 2018 Researchers initially thought these nematocysts might be genetically similar to those of cnidarians, animals such as jellyfish and sea anemones. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "‘Gatling Gun’ Plankton Reveals Violent Microbial World," 5 Apr. 2017 In fact, the plankton’s ballistic mechanisms are actually much more complex than those of cnidarians. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "‘Gatling Gun’ Plankton Reveals Violent Microbial World," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of cnidarian

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cnidarian

ultimately from New Latin cnida nematocyst, from Greek knidē nettle

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cnidarian

noun
cni·​dar·​i·​an | \-ē-ən \

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