me·​so·​glea | \ ˌme-zə-ˈglē-ə How to pronounce mesoglea (audio) , ˌmē-, -sə- \
variants: or less commonly mesogloea

Definition of mesoglea

: a gelatinous substance between the endoderm and ectoderm of sponges or cnidarians

Examples of mesoglea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Covered in silicone to replicate the jellyfish’s wavy, bioluminescent mesoglea — the jelly, basically — the Cyro weighs a staggering 170 pounds, all thanks to a five-year grant from the Office of Naval Research. Spencer Ackerman, WIRED, "Video: This Massive Jellyfish Is Really an Aquatic Spy Robot," 28 Mar. 2013

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First Known Use of mesoglea

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mesoglea

New Latin, from mes- + Late Greek gloia, glia glue — more at clay

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The first known use of mesoglea was in 1886

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“Mesoglea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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