entoproct

noun

en·​to·​proct ˈen-tə-ˌpräkt How to pronounce entoproct (audio)
: any of a phylum (Entoprocta) of chiefly marine animals that are very similar to bryozoans but lack a true coelom and have the anus located near the mouth inside a crown of tentacles

Word History

Etymology

ultimately from ent- + Greek prōktos anus

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of entoproct was in 1940

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“Entoproct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entoproct. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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