coelenterate

noun
coe·​len·​ter·​ate | \ si-ˈlen-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce coelenterate (audio) , -rət \

Definition of coelenterate

: cnidarian Like corals and jellyfish, sea anemones are coelenterates, a name that sacrifices poetry for scientific precision; it means that they have a hollow gut.— Richard Conniff

First Known Use of coelenterate

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coelenterate

ultimately from Greek koilos + enteron intestine — more at inter-

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The first known use of coelenterate was in 1873

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“Coelenterate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coelenterate. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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coelenterate

noun
coe·​len·​ter·​ate | \ si-ˈlent-ə-ˌrāt, -rət How to pronounce coelenterate (audio) \

Medical Definition of coelenterate

: any invertebrate animal of the phylum Cnidaria

called also cnidarian

Other Words from coelenterate

coelenterate adjective

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