pneu·​mat·​o·​phore | \ nu̇-ˈma-tə-ˌfȯr How to pronounce pneumatophore (audio) , nyu̇- \

Definition of pneumatophore

1 : a muscular gas-containing sac that serves as a float on a siphonophore colony
2 : a usually partially exposed root of a wetland plant (such as a mangrove) that functions especially in the intake of oxygen from the atmosphere

Examples of pneumatophore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The arrangement of these pneumatophores can help scientists tell pterosaur species apart. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "New 'frozen dragon' pterosaur found hiding in plain sight," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pneumatophore

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pneumatophore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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