Porifera

plural noun
Po·​rif·​era | \ pəˈrif(ə)rə, pōˈr- \

Definition of Porifera

: a phylum of primitive invertebrate animals comprising the sponges and having a cellular grade of construction without true tissue or organ formation but with the body permeated by canals and chambers through which a current of water flows and passes in its course through one or more cavities lined with choanocytes

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Other Words from Porifera

poriferal \ -​rəl \ adjective
poriferan \ -​rən \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for Porifera

New Latin, from Latin porus pore + -i- + -fera, neuter plural of -fer -ferous

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“Porifera.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poriferan. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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