me·​so·​glea ˌme-zə-ˈglē-ə How to pronounce mesoglea (audio)
variants or less commonly mesogloea
: 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, 28 Mar. 2013

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mesoglea was in 1886

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“Mesoglea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


me·​so·​glea ˌmez-ə-ˈglē-ə How to pronounce mesoglea (audio)
: a jellylike material between the endoderm and ectoderm of sponges and coelenterates

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