physa

noun

phy·​sa
ˈfīsə
1
a
capitalized : a widely distributed genus (the type of the family Physidae) of freshwater air-breathing snails, having a sinistral, ovate, usually rather short-spired shell and slender nonretractile tentacles with the eyes at their bases
b
plural -s : any snail of the genus Physa
2
plural physae
-ˌsē,
-ˌsī
also physas : the lower often retractile part of the body of some anthozoans

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek physa bellows

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“Physa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physa. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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