glass sponge


Definition of glass sponge

: any of a class (Hexactinellida synonym Hyalospongiae) of chiefly deep-water siliceous marine sponges with 6-rayed spicules and a skeleton often resembling glass when dried

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Recent Examples on the Web And a 2017 study revealed that glass sponge reefs possess a distinct soundscape entirely their own. Sabrina Imbler, New York Times, "Could Listening to the Deep Sea Help Save It?," 10 Nov. 2020 Besides the gigantic siphonophore, the explorers also found large groups of glass sponges and other species. Fox News, "‘Longest animal ever’ discovered off Australia’s coast," 14 Apr. 2020 Interestingly, this is the first time that sneezing has been seen in glass sponges. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Behold the Super Long Sneeze of a Deep Sea Sponge," 15 Mar. 2020 In the Pacific Northwest, sub enthusiasts can ride on tours of the beautiful 9,000-year-old glass sponge reefs off the coast of British Columbia, the only living specimens known to exist. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "Don’t scuba? Here are 10 other underwater thrills," 7 June 2019 Moving between mid-water and the deep sea, Phillips and Gruber were able to handle a wide range of organisms, like a glass sponge, a sea cucumber, a branching coral, and even free-floating bioluminescent tunicates. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Soft Robotic Arm Is Built To Study the Ocean's Most Delicate Creatures," 3 Oct. 2018

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1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Glass sponge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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