plural noun Cte·noph·o·ra \tə-ˈnä-fə-rə\

Definition of Ctenophora

  1. :  a small phylum sometimes especially formerly considered a class of Coelenterata and consisting of widely distributed and at times very abundant marine hermaphroditic solitary animals that superficially resemble jellyfishes, are usually more or less ellipsoidal with decided biradial symmetry, and swim by means of eight meridional bands of transverse ciliated plates, each plate representing a row of large modified cilia — compare nuda, tentaculata, comb 4c ; venus's-girdle


\tə-ˈnä-fə-rəl\ adjective


\tə-ˈnä-fə-rən\ play noun or adjective


\¦te-nə-¦fȯr-ik\ adjective


\tə-ˈnä-fə-rəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of ctenophora

New Latin, from cten- + -phora

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