hy·​dranth ˈhī-ˌdran(t)th How to pronounce hydranth (audio)
: one of the feeding zooids of a hydroid colony

Word History


New Latin Hydra hydra + Greek ánthos "flower" — more at antho-

Note: The word was probably introduced by the Irish-born biologist George James Allman (1812-98) in A Monograph of the Gymnoblastic or Tubularian Hydroids (London, 1871), p. xiv.

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hydranth was in 1874

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“Hydranth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydranth. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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