machopolyp

noun
macho·​polyp
variants: or machozooid \ ¦makō+ \

Definition of machopolyp

: a defensive zooid of a hydroid colony, having an abundance of stinging organs but no mouth

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History and Etymology for machopolyp

Greek machē battle, fight + -o- English polyp or zooid

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“Machopolyp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machopolyp. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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