compound animal

noun

Definition of compound animal

: an animal composed of a number of individuals each performing independently some or most of the vital functions yet organically connected so as to form a united colony of zooids most corals and bryozoans are compound animals

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“Compound animal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compound%20animal. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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